Kaizer Chiefs African campaign downplayed by former player

Kaizer Chiefs former player Isaac ‘Yster’ Mabotsa has downplayed club’s chances in the upcoming CAF Champions League.

The former player says he does not see the Soweto giants doing well in the upcoming Caf’s top flight competition.

That is because Mabotsa believes Chiefs have relatively younger squad as it stands now.

The Premier Soccer League giants have been banned by FIFA that is why Chiefs are unable to sign reinforcement therefore relying most on their MultiChoice Diski Challenge stars.

“They have to go since you know they can’t sign any players you understand,” Mabotsa tells KickOff.com.

“But for me, my opinion, because if you check at moment it will take time for them to be able to compete in the Champions League you understand. Because they’ve got youngsters who don’t have that much of an experience. If you check again the senior players are not performing.

“It will be difficult, it will be really, really hard for them to compete there. Yes, they do have a team but at the moment Gavin Hunt is playing the youngsters.

“For me those boys are still [too] young to play in the Champions League. In my opinion I don’t see them progressing to the latter stages. I don’t think that team is ready to compete in the Champions League.

“I don’t know… what I’ve been asking myself is where is that team that came second last season? Yes, [Samir] Nurkovic is injured but all of them they are still there. Yes, it’s nice to give the youngsters a chance to play but where has that team gone to?

“Yes, they flopped in the last minute but they were playing well and they were producing results. But I don’t see that team this season and I don’t understand what’s happening.”

Kaizer Chiefs will begin their 2020/2021 Caf champions League campaign with away tie against Cameroonian champions PWD Bamenda on the weekend of 27-29 November.

Mabotsa was a member of the Chiefs team that won the African Cup Winners’ Cup (Mandela Cup) with only 15 registered players to choose from after beating InterClube of Angola 1-0 at Ellis Park to win 2-1 on aggregate.


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