MOROCCO: Amakhosi defied all odds by grinding their way through the preliminary round towards the final past some of the most fierce opponents.
Al Ahly director of football Sayed Abdel Hafeez has explained why they will offer Kaizer Chiefs’ respect despite their inexperience in the competition.
The reigning champions are aiming to secure Al Ashera – their record tenth continental crown – against a Chiefs outfit who qualified for the group stage for the first time in their history this season.
Amakhosi defied all odds by grinding their way through the preliminary round towards the final past some of the most fierce opponents on the continent which deserves respect, according to the Red Devils director.
“We are ready for Saturday’s game. We are focused and prepared, as we aim to defend our African title against Kaizer Chiefs,” he said ahead of the game.
“We respect Kaizer Chiefs a lot and we refuse to say that they will be easy opponents, just because they did not win the CAF Champions League title before.
“They managed to reach the final after defeating big teams. They knocked out Morocco’s Wydad in the semi-finals. This shows that they are a strong team and have great ambitions to win their first African title.
“Football does not depend on names or history, and we have seen previous lessons regarding this point.”
The Soweto giants and the African champions do battle at the Stade Mohamed V on Saturday evening live on SuperSport 2 at 21h00.