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Manyama – CAFCL Final Biggest Moment In Chiefs History

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s CAF Champions League final, Lebogang Manyama says the game is probably one of the biggest moments in Kaizer Chiefs’s history.

Against all odds, the Amakhosi qualified for the continental showpiece, and Manyama says they faced a lot of obstacles along the way.

It’s been a historic run for the Soweto giants, who had never reached the group stages of the CAFCL before this season.

“The CAF journey for us as Kaizer Chiefs, you know, there’s been a lot of things. It’s been a lot of things,” Manyama told the club’s media department.

“We faced obstacles, we faced different cultures, we’ve had to to see how other countries live, how other people are, you know, and it’s been very nice, but at the same time, it’s also been a bit tough.

“But ja, I mean, it’s you learn through the toughness, and also, to understand to be a South African, when you go to some other countries, you really realize how blessed you are and I was very grateful for that opportunity.

“Obviously, to get a chance to be in the final of the CAF is is a huge, huge achievement for us, the whole club, everybody associated with Kaizer Chiefs, it’s a huge, huge moment, probably the biggest moment this club has ever been in.

“And to be a part of it, and to have played a huge role in it, it’s an honor, it’s an honor and a privilege, and it’s something that will probably never… whatever legacy I leave of my football career, you know… but now, obviously, there’s one more obstacle in front of us, which is Al Ahly.

“And we know Al Ahly very well, most probably the biggest team in Africa for the longest time, you know, and very good in this competition. And we know what to expect.

“And ja, I mean, we know very well, also that there was South African technical team, whom we’ve played for, some of the coaches we’ve played for, some of the coaches we’ve worked with, whether it be at other teams or the national team, most of us are very familiar with the coaching staff, they’re very good people, top, top coaches that have done so well in their coaching careers and obviously in their playing careers.

“And ja, they know, we are an open book to them, because we’ve faced each other so many times with Coach Pitso more especially. So it’s gonna be an interesting one. But yeah, we’re looking forward to it.”