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Manyama’s Honest Assessment Of Chiefs’ CAF Campaign

Kaizer Chiefs attacker Lebogang Manyama has opened up on Amakhosi’s difficult start to the CAF Champions League group stages, highlighting where they can improve as a team.

Amakhosi are yet to register a win in group C, first playing to a goalless draw against Guinean outfit Horoya at FNB Stadium, before getting a 4-0 thumping at the hands of experienced Champions League campaigners Wydad Casablanca in Burkina Faso last weekend.

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Chiefs host Angolan outfit Petro de Luanda at FNB Stadium on Saturday, March 06.

“It’s another tough game against an unknown opponent. We want to get points to get up and running just to get up to speed with everyone. It’s a home game, so we have to give it our all to get the three points,” Manyama told the Amakhosi media department.

“We knew it was going to be tough. We are playing against some of the top teams in Africa. The first game we could have won, (because) there were so many chances, but unfortunately we could not get them in and that has been our season. We miss chances and sometimes we get punished for missing those chances. It’s another home game and we have to make sure we go out full force, because when you win your home games in this tournament, it makes things a bit easier. We have to make sure that we get three points.

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On the 4-0 defeat to Wydad, Manyama said they gifted their opponents goals.

“We know Wydad. I’ve seen them play Sundowns before. They gave Sundowns problems for a couple of years. We knew that we were coming up against a strong team, a team that’s in the Champions League every season. You could see it was more of the experience. We gifted them the first two goals and obviously when it’s two and you are trying to get back (into the game), it’s either you come back or you get punished. Like I said, they are an experienced CAF team, but I think it was a good learning experience. They still have to come this side and we have to make sure that we give it our all, like they did when we went there (to Burkina Faso).

“We still have four games to go. If we can win both our home games left and try to get maximum points to one of the teams we still have to play away, I think we will stand a good chance. Anybody can lose a match and that’s how football is nowadays, so all is not lost. We still stand a good chance of going through.”

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