African Champions League: Kaiser Chiefs To Face Al Ahly In Final

 African Champions League: Kaiser Chiefs To Face Al Ahly In Final

TOPSHOT – This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Champions league at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs reached the African Champions League final for the first time in their history on Saturday, earning a place against the holders and record nine-time winners Al Ahly of Egypt.

Kaizer Chiefs held Wydad Casablanca to a 0-0 draw at home in the second leg of their semi-final to go through 1-0 on aggregate after their victory in Morocco last weekend.

Ahly, who also held a 1-0 first leg advantage over Tunisia’s Esperance, won 3-0 in Egypt to advance 4-0 overall.

Kaizer Chiefs went into their home leg against Wydad Casablanca knowing they could achieve the historic feat simply by avoiding defeat.

Goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma, who had helped Chiefs earn six clean sheets in this season’s Champions League before Saturday’s match, was replaced in the team by Nigerian Daniel Akpeyi.

Despite pressure from Wydad to get an equaliser, Akpeyi stood firm to help Chiefs continue their impressive recent defensive record.

They held on to become the third South African side to reach the final, after Mamelodi Sundowns (2001 & 2016) and great rivals Orlando Pirates (1995 & 2013).

BBC Sport