Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt reacts to historic CAF Champions League achievement

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Kaizer Chiefs have taken several steps forward in their already illustrious history with a memorable 2020/21 CAF Champions League campaign following their qualification for the quarter-finals.

Under head coach Gavin Hunt, Chiefs qualified for the group stage for the first time in their 50-year existence and the 2-2 draw with Horoya - where the Ligue 1 giants are unbeaten in 22 games - was enough to secure their spot in the knockout stage.

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Daniel Cardoso's penalty and the late Khama Billiat strike saw Amakhosi advance in dramatic fashion in Conakry as they ousted the 2018 quarter-finalists on away goals via the head-to-head qualification rules.

While there was jubilation amongst the Amakhosi faithful as they now set to face one of three group winners from the group stage round next, Hunt admits they can't celebrate as if they have won anything.

"We knew to qualify we needed a score draw or win the game but it was a huge fight, huge effort and a great achievement for the club," Hunt said.

"It's the first time we got into the group stages and then the first time we got out of the group as well so it's a great achievement to be in the last-eight.

"It's going to be tough whoever you draw now. But we worry about that when we get to that."

The four-time South African league winning coach did however admit that the achievement with the current crop of players is something to revel in as he looks towards progression as they enter the final stage of the 2020/21 campaign.

"We've won nothing, we've just got through, this is a helluva competition to play in, we haven't signed a player nothing, so you have to take it from that perspective. The squad that we've got to try and go on this front is a big achievement so far, we've overachieved," Hunt explained.

"But as I said we haven't won anything, to win league titles is obviously the ultimate, I've won four as you say and one first division so it's five. I've been around, with many other trophies but this is obviously the flagship because this is the one that's come on the radar.

"We've got a taste of it, good experience and let's see who we draw and where we go but we need to get our domestic form right now, that's the most important thing."

Chiefs return to DStv Premiership action this week when they face Baroka on Thursday 15 April at the Peter Mokaba Stadium (15h00).

*Images via Kaizer Chiefs media

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