African Champions League – South African Football Will Be the Winner in Casablanca, Says Stuart Baxter

It’s a great occasion for Chiefs, and the opposition team – Al Ahly – is led by SA coach Pitso Mosimane.

First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.

Whichever way things turn out in Casablanca, Stuart Baxter is right to suggest South African football will be the winner as Kaizer Chiefs clash with Al Ahly to decide the African Champions League title.

It should provide a pleasing distraction amid this week’s looting and carnage with sport so often able to provide relief in times of distress, even if temporarily, especially if Chiefs do “the impossible” and win the African Champions League for the first time.

“It’s a marvellous occasion for Kaizer Chiefs and, I have to say too, it’s an unbelievable achievement for South Africa,” Baxter, the new Chiefs coach, told DM168 in his only interview before departing for Morocco this week.

“You’ve got Kaizer Chiefs on the one side and Al Ahly, led by South Africans, on the other. Let’s not forget, it’s a real South African event and I think that’s something that football in South Africa must be proud of.”

Certainly, the hiring of Pitso Mosimane to take charge of the continent’s most successful club…

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