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Fri May 27 08:36:01 SAST 2016

Chance for Kaizer Chiefs to redeem themselves in Champions League encounter

Tiyani wa ka Mabasa | 11 March, 2016 00:37
FEELING THE HEAT: Kaizer Chiefs defender Kgotso Moleko hopes to help turn his club's fortunes when they move to the CAF Champions League after a poor run on the domestic front. Amakhosi host Ivorian giants Asec Mimosa in the first leg of their tie at FNB Stadium tomorrow
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Kaizer Chiefs defender Kgotso Moleko has admitted he is having sleepless nights over the club's poor form.

Amakhosi, who won the league and MTN8 titles last season, are set to finish the current one empty-handed.

Their league title hopes pretty much faded on Wednesday night when they lost 2-0 to Platinum Stars in Rustenburg. With eight games remaining, Chiefs are 13 points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

"I don't know about my colleagues but I can't sleep. We're losing and that's not good. It's hurting. We know we're letting the chairman (Kaizer Motaung) and our fans down," Moleko said.

Chiefs will hope to redeem themselves in the CAF Champions League when they face Asec Mimosas at FNB Stadium tomorrow.

Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says the competition is an opportunity to put an end to their sleepless nights.

"When Moleko says: 'I can't sleep', it gets to you. Now [we] have to find a way to inspire and put energy into the players," he said. "The chairman wants us to win the (CAF) trophy and that on its own is a motivation."

Chiefs skipper Siphiwe Tshabalala added the team had to go all out in the Champions League to make up for the disaster on the domestic front.

"The only way to come out of this is to show character - make a great comeback ... When we take a fall we do so as a collective and we win as a collective. We need to persist until we succeed.

"We know Asec are a big team, and a good team. But, like I said, this is an opportunity to redeem ourselves," Tshabalala said.

Chiefs spokesman Vina Maphosa said the clash, which kicks off at 7.30pm, won't be televised live.

Chiefs and Asec have previously met once in a CAF competition.

The West Africans knocked out Chiefs in the play-off round of the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.

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