Cairo giants Al Ahly have reached the CAF Champions League final for the fourth time in the last five years as they are seeking to retain their title for the second consecutive year
On the other hand, The Chiefs will play their first-ever Champions League final following a sensational run, which saw them knocking out the likes of 1° de Agosto, Horoya, Simba, and Wydad Casablanca.
However, the team have had a disastrous league campaign as they finished eighth, just nine points away from the relegation zone.
Despite their poor domestic performances, Pitso Mosimane has warned the fans to not take them lightly, especially after beating Wydad away from home.
“Certainly the Champions League final will be very difficult. I knew a lot about Kaizer Chiefs when I was working in South Africa, but now I don’t know much about them this season,” Pitso told Al Ahly’s official website.
“They signed a new coach and then he left and another one came, but their performance in the South African league was poor. They were always in second, third, or fourth place behind Mamelodi Sundowns on the league table. `
“But the competition between them is similar to the competition between Al Ahly and Zamalek.
“They are a good team and they are the same team as last season. We should not look at their position in the local league, and we have to deal with them carefully because they are the team that reached the final of the Champions League.
Asked about the difference between Kaizer Cheifs back when he used to work in South Africa and now, Pitso replied: “I think the difference is big and the motives are also different and we have to ask ourselves how did they reach the final?
“It is not easy for any team to reach the final, and you will not be able to determine a certain level for them, it is possible that they play a very good match, and sometimes they do not play with the same efficiency.
“They lost to Wydad by four goals on a neutral stadium, then they faced Wydad again in Morocco and defeated them, losing 3-0 to Simba and winning 4-0 at home, and they also managed to beat Sundowns this season in the league.
“We can’t deal with them in the usual way. We have to focus on their matches in the Champions League, because it is these matches that determine their level in the tournament, not their matches in the local league.
“We will seek to watch their matches, and study the strengths and weaknesses; until we prepare the team in the final match in the best possible way,” he added.