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After Amakhosi’s Group C opening match against Wydad Casablanca was postponed due to visa issues, the club begins its group stage campaign in Soweto.
Kaizer Chiefs has named the five players who will miss Tuesday night’s Caf Champions League clash against Horoya, while confirming the availability of two stars.
Amakhosi will begin the group stage of their Champions League campaign when they host Horoya of Guinea at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday, with the kick-off scheduled for 18:00.
However, they will remain without long-term injury victim Khama Billiat, as well as four other more recent victims.
Players not available: Injuries: Billiat, Mashiane, Zuma, Mathoho. Family responsibility: Moleko, “Chiefs announced in his Twitter account.
Happy Mashiane and Dumisani Zuma have been out the last two games, while Eric Mathoho was scheduled to start in the Chiefs’ most recent match, a 1-1 draw with SuperSport United, but was withdrawn shortly before kickoff.
There is good news for Chiefs fans, as forward Samir Nurkovic and midfielder Willard Katsande will be available for selection. Both had won strokes in the draw with Matsatsantsa.
“Players available for selection after criticism on Saturday: Nurkovic and Katsande,” confirmed the club.
Both players have battled injuries this season and have only recently returned to the starting lineup.
The Glamor Boys enter Tuesday’s game winless in their last six games, following draws with SuperSport, Baroka FC and Stellenbosch FC, and losses to Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu in the league, as well as second place in their team Richards Bay at the Nedbank Cup.
Now 17 points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, the Champions League likely represents the Chiefs’ last hope of silver this season.
This is Amakhosi’s first time reaching the Champions League group stage.
They earned their place in Group C after defeating Angolan team CD Primeiro de Agosto, as well as PW Bamenda of Cameroon, in the first round and in the preliminaries, respectively.
Also in Group C are another team from Angola, Petro de Luanda, as well as Moroccan champion Wydad Casablanca.