Chiefs retreat into mini bubble

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs have quietly retreated to a camp in Limpopo as they mix up pre-season preparations with plotting for the colossal CAF Champions League final.

Chiefs play Al Ahly on July 17 in Casablanca as they seek to upset the odds and deliver their first ever Champions League trophy two decades after they won the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup.

Word reaching this website is that Chiefs travelled to Polokwane on Tuesday and will set up base there until they travel to Morocco next week.

Amakhosi have gone into camp with all the players that they had last season including all the players whose contracts were said to be coming to an end in June.

From Itumeleng Khune all the way to Khama Billiat who is back jogging, Chiefs have all of their squad in camp as they plan ahead for a fresh season while aiming to lift the premier knockout competition.

Also, in camp with Chiefs is the duo of Phathutshedzo Nange and Sifiso Hlanti.

The two reached agreements with Chiefs at the beginning of last season but couldn’t join the club due to the transfer ban that the club was serving forcing them to play out the season at other clubs.

Nange went to Stellenbosch while Hlanti was at Swallows. Their contracts have now come into effect now that the transfer ban is up.

Also, back at Chiefs is Given Thibedi who was out on loan at Swallows FC last season.

The pair of Njabulo Ngcobo and Kgaogelo Sekgota will join after the COSAFA Cup – currently underway in Gqeberha.

So positive has been the mood in the Chiefs camp since the return of Stuart Baxter that there is a genuine belief that they can make history by lifting the trophy.

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