The 2020-21 campaign has seen Amakhosi in action almost twice a week. The team’s schedule in January saw them play eight games in the opening month of the new year which began with a trip to Angola to face Primeiro de Agosto in the second leg of their CAF Champions League First Round clash. Since then, Chiefs have played eight more games for a total of nine matches in the first four weeks of the new year, since their first game in Luanda on 5 January.
Amakhosi’s tight schedule sees no let up as the team travels to Morocco on Wednesday for their first ever Champions League Group Stage game, where they will take on Wydad Casablanca on Saturday.
Chiefs will jet out of Johannesburg heading to North Africa via Western Asia, flying from O.R Tambo International and should reach the Moroccan city on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday afternoon.
Chiefs drawn in Group C for the 2020-21 CAF Champions League Group Stage’s will face Wydad as well as Guinean side Horoya and Angolan team Petro de Luanda.
The trip to Casablanca is Amakhosi’s second to Morocco. They previously faced Raja Casablanca in the CAF Champions League First Round in 2015.
Amakhosi led by coach Gavin Hunt will take a travelling squad of 18 players with them to North Africa, while others remain behind to work on preparing for next week’s DStv Premiership games.
Chiefs are the sixth South African team after Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns, Manning Rangers, Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United to participate in the group stages of the CAF Champions League. While this is the sixth time as a coach that Gavin Hunt is taking part in the CAF Champions League, it is the first time he participates in the group stages. He leads a third different team in the competition having previously been at the helm of SuperSport and Wits.
The match will take place at Mohammed V Stadium Casablanca on Saturday evening at 21:00 South African time. Chiefs will fly out of Morocco on Sunday and are expected to be back in Johannesburg on Monday.
There are no confirmed broadcast times scheduled for the game at the moment, which will be Chiefs’ 24th fixture of the 2020-21 campaign, in all competitions.
Chiefs Travelling Squad to Morocco:
Daniel Akpeyi, Itumeleng Khune
Yagan Sasman, Daniel Cardoso, Njabulo Blom, Anthony Akumu Agay, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Happy Mashiane, Siyabonga Ngezana, Reeve Frosler
Willard Katsande, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Darrel Matsheke, Dumsani Zuma, Philani Zulu
Leonardo Castro, Samir Nurković, Bernard Parker