Stiga Points To Chiefs Advantage In CAFCL
Former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star Stanton Fredericks has revealed which aspect of Amakhosi’s CAF Champions League tie with Wydad Casablanca is an advantage.
Chiefs face Wydad Casablanca in the final four, with the first leg in Morocco scheduled for this weekend.
Fredericks, who turned 43 on Sunday, was on the books of Chiefs between 2001 and 2004, and was part of a team that won five trophies in three seasons, including the 2003/2004 PSL title and 2002 African Cup Winners Cup.
Having been part of the last Chiefs’ team to taste continental success, Fredericks has experienced how tough continental football can be, but he feels that it could be an advantage playing the first leg away.
Newly appointed head coach Stuart Baxter is still sorting out his work permit so while he will be travelling with the team, assistants Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard will lead from the bench, but Fredericks feels success in the CAFCL may come down to the players.
“You now need courage to go on, but that does not come from the coaches,” Fredericks was quoted as saying on the Kaizer Chiefs website.
“Players need to be sitting down, discussing and understanding success on the continent stays with you and the team forever – it becomes part of your legacy. The importance of this competition is beyond comprehension, you need to understand that when you move into the final stages.
“I have always been a fan of playing away first in two legged ties. In the 2001 Cup Winners Cup Final, we played away first against Inter Luanda. When you play away, you discipline you try and not lose – to score is a bonus. I always feel playing away first is an advantage. The difference now is there are no fans and that nullifies the advantage of an away leg and home leg quite a bit.
“I think the players owe it to themselves. Losing the league title in 2019/2020 on the last day impacted them. Here is the opportunity to make everything right again. I don’t think it’s about ability, it is about the opportunity. That’s what football gives you – the opportunity to correct your wrongs. This is an opportunity to pay themselves back.
“Chiefs have showed a lot of fight recently and with them getting into the top eight in their last two games shows a lot of grit. They are a side that’s on the up and they all have confidence they need to do well.
“I do believe that they have every chance against the Moroccans, especially with Samir Nurković looking like he is up to the fight. Putting Leonard Castro up there you have physicality and with the experience of Bernard Parker and Lebogang Manyama coming to the party, free scoring the quality is there.”