Motaung: Kaizer Chiefs' ambition to win the CAF Champions League

05 February 2019 - 09:54 By Mahlatse Mphahlele
Kaizer Chiefs players during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Zesco United at FNB Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kaizer Chiefs players during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Zesco United at FNB Stadium on January 19, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung says the club has never stopped dreaming about winning the CAF Champions League.

Amakhosi have been no great shakes in continental competitions in the last few years and they were recently dumped out of the Confederation Cup in the qualifying stages by Zambian side Zesco United after a 5-2 aggregate defeat.

Motaung said they hope to change their poor returns on the continent and emulate rivals Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns‚ the only South African sides to have climbed to the summit of continental club football.

“The Champions League has always been our ambition and it will always be‚” said Motaung.

“This season we have been knocked out of the Confederation Cup but sometimes it works in your favour.

"Definitely‚ going to the Champions League remains one of our ambitions and that is why when we beef up the squad now and at the end of the season we will do so looking at those challenges that lie ahead of us.”

Chiefs have not won a trophy since they were crowned Absa Premiership champions in 2015 and Motaung said the singing of 21-year old defender Reeve Frosler from Bidvest Wits gives hint to their plans for the future.

“It was a coup for us and it is part of the long-term plan‚" he said.

"We have been looking at his (Frosler) movements and we informed Wits early that we were negotiating with the player.

"We settled with Wits and his arrival is part of looking forward to the future and also he is back up in case there are injuries.

"He is a quality youngster who is playing for the junior national team and has lots of potential.”

Motaung also asked the Chiefs fans to be patient with 22-year old striker Ryan Moon.

The striker has struggled to establish himself in the Chiefs starting lineup and has had a difficult time finding the back of the net.

“Moon has a contract with us and he still have a long journey with us..... you must remember that younger players needs time‚" Motaung said.

"It is the same with Dumisani Zuma‚ sometimes he is on a high and sometimes he is on a low in terms of performances.

"Younger players are not consistent but it is a question of being patience and time because we believe in their talents and that they have a bright future with us.”

AmaKhosi are currently sixth on the Absa Premiership standings where they are ten points adrift of log leaders Bidvest Wits.

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