Ramahlwe Mphahlele has warned that Petro de Luanda will be a different team at home, and Kaizer Chiefs will have to raise their game if they want victory in their CAF Champions League match on Tuesday.
Chiefs beat Petro at home two weeks ago, their first victory in Group C, and Mphahlele says if they want to qualify the quarter-finals, this is a must win game.
But he warns that Angolans will be a lot tougher at home, and Chiefs will need to up their game in Luanda.
“We have prepared adequately for the game with the players we’ve got available,” Mphahlele told Chiefs media department.
“We know it’s going to be tough because they are not the same team that we faced nine days ago in Joburg. By that I mean that Champions League games are different when you play at home and away.”
“We watched the game between Petro and Wydad and feel that Petro were unlucky to lose by a goal to nil because they were much stronger and missed clear cut chances. They are a strong side at home, so we have to up our game and not let any complacency creep in because we beat them at FNB Stadium.”
“We are looking forward to doing our best and pocketing all the three points so we can sit on 7 points in the group. We will obviously be watching what happens in the other match as this affects us. I’m sure they will also be watching our game with keen interest.”
“We have to try hard to qualify for the quarterfinals because this experience will be key for the future. We have some youngsters in the team who are lucky to be playing at this level as they will be strong enough to withstand the challenges of playing in this competition in the future.”