Kaizer Chiefs captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele believes victory against Horoya AC today could serve as the perfect platform to qualify for the CAF Champions League knockout stage.
Amakhosi host the Guinea Ligue 1 Pro champions that have been an ever-present figure in the competition in recent years and reached the quarter-final of the 2018/19 edition.
But 'Rama' who's experienced what the West Africans can offer during his time with Mamelodi Sundowns feels they have what it takes to challenge in Group C alongside Horoya, Wydad AC and Petro de Luanda.
"A positive start to the competition against Horoya is what is needed for us as Chiefs to have a long stay in the competition. We are playing at home for the first game of the group stages and we are looking forward to it," he said.
"It's no secret that we want the three points. We want to start well as it will give us confidence and we want to progress to the knockout stages."
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On the challenge of their group stage bow in Africa's elite club competition, 'Rama' feels they are ready for the physical altercation.
"They are a very strong team physically and tactically sound. We have to prepare ourselves and so we don't get caught out. We will try and play our game," he said, before revealing the difference between continental football and the PSL.
"We are going to put them under pressure by trying for an early goal and unsettle them. It’s important to win our home games.
"The DStv Premiership games are faster whereas in the Champions League games are more physical and tactical. Most teams rely on set pieces so it’s going to be an interesting match."
Amakhosi and Horoya kick-off their Champions League encounter at the FNB Stadium today (18h00).