Kaizer Chiefs welcome ASEC Mimosas of Côte d’Ivoire in the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs on Sunday at the Dobsonville Stadium. The much-anticipated clash follows Amakhosi’s exit from the CAF Champions League at the hands of AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said, “We will field a competitive side against ASEC Mimosas on Sunday especially that we will be playing in our own backyard. The game will be tough and will also test our experience in CAF competitions. We will protect our territory.”
The Glamour Boys will be competing in the CAF Confederations Cup for the first time having previously played in the African Cup Winners Cup and the CAF Cup before they were merged to form the present-day tournament in 2004. Kaizer Chiefs are the only South African team to have won one of the CAF Confederations Cups predecessors. This meeting against ASEC is Chiefs’s first in a competitive game against an Ivorian team or any club from West Africa for that matter.
Amakhosi faced ASEC once previously in a friendly game for third place in the 1999 Vodacom Challenge on July 10 1999, 14 years ago. Chiefs won the game 2-1 with the then 19-year old Jabu Pule scoring the winning goal on his first game for the Glamour Boys. The current Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo featured in that fixture which featured current Ivory Coast internationals Kolo Toure, Didier Zokora and Aruna Dindane. Chiefs have also faced ASEC’S rivals Africa Sport in a friendly game defeating them 2-0 in the 2000 Vodacom Challenge.
“ASEC is a good team. I think it will be a tightly contested game because we are playing against good opposition in ASEC Mimosas, but we are going to win,” said Chiefs’s Ugandan Ivan Bukenya, who has vowed to the faithful Amakhosi supporters to expect fireworks when two of the best teams in the continent do battle on Easter Sunday. Tickets are R40 for adults and R10 for children under 12. Tickets are available at Computicket/Shoprite Checkers.