Samir Nurkovic in Chiefs squad as Amakhosi arrive in Angola

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Kaizer Chiefs have arrived in Angola for the second leg of their CAF Champions League 1st round encounter against Primeiro De Agosto.

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Amakhosi flew out on a specially arranged charter flight as a result of Covid-19 restrictions currently being implemented in Angola.

Chiefs will be targeting a win in Luanda when they face Primeiro on Tuesday with kick off scheduled for 17:00 South African time.

The sides played out a 0-0 draw when they met at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on December 23, 2020 in the first leg.

CHIEFS’ FIRST TRIP TO ANGOLA IN 2 DECADES

This is Chiefs’ first trip to Angola in two decades.   

Their last journey to the country saw them face Inter Clube of Luanda in the first leg of the 2001 CAF Cup final, a match which ended 1-1.

Chiefs then won the second leg 1-0 at Ellis Park courtesy of a Patrick Mabedi penalty to win the game 2-1 on aggregate and lift the cup.

Amakhosi travel to Angola with a squad of 18 players led by head coach Gavin Hunt who will be assisted by Dillon Sheppard. 

There was some good news for Chiefs fans as leading striker from the 2019/20 campaign, Samir Nurković, who missed the start of the current season through injury, was named among the Chiefs travelling contingent and in all likelihood will make his first appearance of the 2020/21 season during the match.

Due to Angola’s strict coronavirus lockdown regulations currently in effect, Chiefs’ first training session is scheduled for Monday.

AMAKHOSI WILL BE LOOKING TO MAKE HISTORY

Chiefs will be looking to make history in Luanda as Primeiro De Agosto have won all three of their previous CAF fixtures at home against South African teams. 

They defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 in a group game in 1997 and won 1-0 in a first round first leg game against Bidvest Wits who were coached by Gavin Hunt at the time in 2018, before winning the tie on penalties after losing the second leg 1-0 in Johannesburg.

Those ties against Pirates and Wits were in the CAF Champions League. 

They also faced Mamelodi Sundowns in the first round in the CAF Cup in 2003 winning 2-0 at home in the first leg before a 2-0 away loss in the second leg, they subsequently were eliminated on penalties.

Victory for Chiefs or a draw – with goals scored – will see Amakhosi progress on away goals at the 11th November Stadium. In such a scenario, they would move onto the group stages for the first time. Should the game end 0-0, the match will head straight to a penalty shootout as per CAF regulations.

Chiefs will return from Luanda on Wednesday morning and are expected back in Johannesburg just after lunch time.

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Kaizer Chiefs squad:

Goalkeepers: Bruce Bvuma, Daniel Akpeyi

Defenders: Erick Mathoho, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Daniel Cardoso, Philani Zulu, Siyabonga Ngezana, Kgotso Moleko

Midfielders: Darrel Matsheke, Happy Mashiane, Khama Billiat, Nkosingphile Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom

Forwards: Bernard Parker, Leonardo Castro, Lazarous Kambole, Samir Nurkovic, Dumisani Zuma

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