Not only has Kaizer Chiefs’ magical run in the competition seen them reach their first-ever CAF Champions League final, but they have also managed to achieve a few milestones along the way.
Chiefs will take on Al Ahly in the final of the continental showpiece, that will be played at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca on July 17.
Their road to the final was far from rosy, particularly owing to their dismal league form, and the departure of coach Gavin Hunt at a crucial stage of the competition.
But Amakhosi soldiered on and under the guidance of assistant coaches Arthur Zwane, and Dillan Sheppard – and in the semi-final coach Stuart Baxter, managed to reach the pinnacle of continental football.
We take a look at six milestones reached by Chiefs on their way to the CAF CL final.
- Kaizer Chiefs kept their seventh clean of the CAF Champions League campaign, more than any other team this season.
- Daniel Akpeyi has not conceded a goal in a single CAF Champions League match this season. The Nigerian goalkeeper featured in six matches in total and has a 100% record of not conceding in over seven hours of football.
- Chiefs are just the third team since 1997 to make it all the way to the CAF Champions League final without conceding a goal at home, following Esperance (1999, 2011) and Al Ahly (2007).
- By defeating Wydad Casablanca in the semi-finals, Chiefs became the first South African club to eliminate a Moroccan side in the knockout stage of an African club competition, this has never happened before.
- Chiefs became the first team to finish the season in 8th place in their league campaign and reach the CAF Champions League final.
- Chiefs assistant coach Arthur Zwane was still a player when the club reached their first African Cup Winners Cup final in 2001. 20 years later, he is the first assistant coach to reach two cup finals as a player and a coach.
Click through the gallery to see Chiefs' road to the CAF CL Final: