Ex-CCL winner backs Chiefs for star

CAF Champions League

CAF Champions League-winning defender Wayne Arendse says everyone is rooting for Kaizer Chiefs to get the country its third continental title.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns defender has also advised the Glamour Boys what to do in order to bring the coveted trophy back to South African shores.

"I saw the score yes, and I was like 'Wow! Good result for them'. They must do what they did in the first leg because they kept a clean sheet, and that's going to be vital [at home]," Arendse tells KickOff.com. 

"There is something right that they are doing in the Champions League, that they weren't doing in the league. It will be fantastic for them to go to the final. 

"And in the final they must win it. We are all rooting for Chiefs, so they can get that star because they are a team from South Africa that's representing the flag.

"So, if they can score one at home and keep it clean, they should be home and dry in the final. But then again, it's going be a tough game because Wydad, who know that they've got 90 minutes to win or they are out. It's all or nothing in that 90 minutes."

Arendse also reminded Amakhosi players of the value in playing in the Champions League final, as compared to domestic cup finals.

"Ja, the Champions League puts you on the map. It's a different platform for the club as well. When you win the Champions League, you go to the FIFA Club World Cup," he adds.

"That's a different tournament where everything is run to the tee – the professionalism, the training pitches, the buses, all those things. It's an experience that, as a player, you want to go through.

"Having that [Champions League] medal, playing in the Club World Cup, playing in the Super Cup, I think they realise it now because they have [Leo] Castro and Khama [Billiat] there. I think they can feel that it's close. They know what is at stake.

"This can change their season, if they win the Champions League, then what do you say? 'Chiefs had a brilliant season, ending at number eight but still winning the Champions League.' I would say they've had a good season already."

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