Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has expressed his desire to lead Kaizer Chiefs to glory against the mighty Al Ahly in TotalEnergies CAF Champions League final in Casablanca tonight.
Baxter is aware of the monumental task ahead but has confidence in the ability of his team.
“I knew the club’s situation well when I agreed to come back. I have been working with the players for some time, but being back on the bench is different. Having to watch the team from the stands was difficult but now I’m back and happy to be on the bench,” said Baxter at the Pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s game.
“We have made many surprises on the road to the final, but can we have one more? We will see.
“Pitso Mosimane (Al Ahly coach) has a very good history in the continent. I respect him and we faced each other before. On the night, past experiences will not affect the game. Each game has its own scenarios.”
Baxter is certain that his team can pull a surprise victory despite carrying the underdog tag.
“Al Ahly were expected to be here, we were not. We are the underdogs for most of the people, but in football you should believe, I have great respect for Al Ahly but we believe we can get a good result.”
Meanwhile, captain Bernard Parker believes that Chiefs deserve to win something this season.
“This is every player’s dream to play at such level. As a team, we have worked very hard to reach this final. We deserve to be here,” he said.
“All the players are happy, excited, and looking forward to this match. We have a good mix of players, young and experienced. The young ones are excited to be a part of this team. We have a good spirit and this affected our performance so far. It’s time now to perform once again.
“We are in a CAF final after 20 years. Every player knows the club’s history and what has gone through the years.”
He adds, “We are in a position to write history and we are aware of that. We had a lot of support from everyone and we can’t wait for the game to start. With our preparations, we are stronger that any time before in the competition. We are going to give everything for 90 minutes to write history.”
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