Ramahlwe Mphahlele eyes CAF qualification through Nedbank Cup and league position


Chiefs turn their attention back to the Absa Premiership when they host Baroka this weekend, after advancing to within two matches of their first trophy in nearly four years.

They are currently eight points adrift in the race for the league title and, with just six games remaining, this leaves their chances of a serious challenge relatively slim.

After earlier admitting that targeting the championship would be a stretch too far, Mphahlele believes with their rise in performance and results, they should merely aim to continue giving their best efforts in hopes of improving their log-standing and subsequently obtaining entrance to one of the CAF interclub competitions.

“I’m sure if we push hard in these remaining games, as well as the Nedbank Cup games, we have a chance of finishing in a better position,” said Mphahlele.

“That’s what we will do, and obviously we want to win the Nedbank – it’s not a secret. We’ll do everything in our powers to win it and, if we win it, we go to Africa [CAF Confederation Cup]. If we finish better in the league, we still go to Africa and that’s what we want.”

Asked to explain better, the Bafana Bafana right-back explained: “Better is [number] one, of course. It would be great if we win the league. I don’t really want to dwell much on the league issue. Like I said, we want to push in the remaining games and see where we end.

“If we push hard enough in the remaining games and win them, or draw or whatever, wherever we’re going to end up – that, for us, will be better because we actually pushed hard and didn’t lose games.”

Amakhosi will clash with Bakgaga at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening (18h00).

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