Can't fault overachieving Chiefs

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs legendary goalkeeper William Shongwe believes the club's current squad achieved in their recent participation in the CAF Champions League.

Despite not being allowed to add new players to their squad last season, Amakhosi still managed to do better than Mamelodi Sundowns in continental football and reached the final of the Champions League, even though nobody gave them much of a chance.

Shongwe says there are plenty of positives the Glamour Boys can take from their recent run, taking into consideration the unique and unfortunate situation they were in.

"You know, when you had too many high hopes of getting a star, as all the big teams can claim at the moment, it becomes hard to see the positives," Shongwe tells KickOff.com.

"But the fact that they were able to drive forward up to that level, with not a great squad, for me there's character that was seen there, and you must ride on that character. 

"I know they were prized open on Saturday where we were a little bit shocked, but you know when you are a man down, you also need to give space for disappointment. 

"We don't know what could have happened if they were still at full strength. But there were a lot of positives in the sense that they didn't back off, it's just that Al Ahly is a quality team, that's why they are who they are. 

"They [Chiefs] lost the league [Premiership title] right at the death [in 2019/20], now they've lost the Champions League right at the death, they need to say 'Guys, that is still victory'. 

"They mustn't be disappointed, they've overachieved and I think we must face that fact. Yes, they didn't win it but they've overachieved. So, they must be told that 'You guys are stars, you guys are the best.' 

"And that is what they can carry into the new season in as far as pride is concerned. We need to acknowledge that what they did was an impossible feat. Take it as a way forward. Take pride in it."

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