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Bvuma Confident & Hoping To Play

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma says the team is well prepared for Saturday’s CAF Champions League semi-final against Wydad Casablanca, and he hopes to be involved in the game.

The first leg of the semi-final will be played in Morocco on Saturday night.

Bvuma says they know what to expect from Wydad, and he says the team is happy and well prepared.

“Going into the semi finals to play Wydad, personally, I feel happy,” Bvuma told the Chiefs media department.

“I’m happy that I’m involved, I just hope that of course, like I get a chance to play again.

“And we know them very well. We played against them like in the group stages. So I feel like it’s good for us. So going into the semifinals, as a team, we’re happy and we believe we are well prepared.”

Bvuma, who had played back-up to Itumeleng Khune and Daniel Akpeyi for most of the season, started the last few games of the season, including playing in the quarter-final win over Simba SC.

“While for me playing seven games in a row, it meant a lot, you know, and it goes back to working hard, you know, and making sure that I’m always ready,” Bvuma said.

“You know, I’ve worked with Coach Lee (Baxter), he helped me a lot and all the goalkeepers, I had to to work hard, you know, and wait for my chances to come.

“And now that I got a chance, and to play seven games in a row. I know it’s not much but I’m very proud of myself and the team’s achievement also.”

While the DStv Premiership ended two weeks ago, Wydad have still been active playing in the Moroccan league, but Bvuma isn’t too concerned, and says its catch-22.

“Well, for me, it’s 50-50. Because on our side, I can say like we are well rested,” the goalkeeper continued.

“Yes, game wise, like we played like a week ago, and we had like a week or two to prepare for this one. So mentally, I feel like we’re fresh and physically also we’re fresh.

“And I believe we’ll be ready for the game. Yes, they have been playing, which is good for them. But for me, it’s 50-50. Because anything can happen, for example, there are injuries and stuff, you know, you can get tired while playing and stuff. So it’s a 50-50 thing for me.”

Bvuma, Khune and Akpeyi have been included in the squad travelling to Morocco.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Bruce Bvuma, Daniel Akpeyi, Itumeleng Khune

Defenders: Njabulo Blom, Philani Zulu, Daniel Cardoso, Reeve Frosler, Kgotso Moleko, Siyabonga Ngezana, Yagan Sasman, Darrel Matsheke, Erick Mathoho, Anthony Agay

Midfielders: Kearyn Baccus, Willard Katsande, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Happy Mashiane

Forwards: Lazalous Kambole, Bernard Parker, Leonardo Castro, Samir Nurković

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