Kaizer Chiefs have reached the CAF Champions League final for the first time in their history.
The South African giants played to a goalless draw in their second leg semi-final against Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca, after the first leg tie ended 1-0 to the Soweto-based outfit in Casablanca.
The second leg was played at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday night, June 26, and they hosts kept yet another clean sheet, despite the tremendous pressure they were put under by the visitors.
Wydad were determined to bounce back after going down at home in the first leg, but it was always going to be difficult for them to get a result in South Africa. Since 2017, the Moroccans have not been able to register a win on South African soil, so the odds may have been in Chiefs’ favour, even though it’s the first time the hosts have come this far in the competition.
Chiefs went into the game without goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma, midfielder Lebogang Manyama and striker Leonardo Castro, who were all unavailable due to illness. Bvuma, in particular, had a great first leg and was named man of the match. Daniel Akpeyi started in goal for Chiefs and put up a strong performance to ensure the visitors did not get on the score sheet.
This is the first time since 2016 a South African side has reached the final of the Champions League. In 2016, Mamelodi Sundowns beat Zamalek in the final to lift their first ever title.