Kaizer Chiefs have been hard at work preparing for the biggest fixture in the club’s history, a CAF Champions League final against Egyptian giants Al Ahly in Morocco on the 17th of this month.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Chiefs and Bafana Bafana veteran keeper Itumeleng Khune had already said his goodbyes to his family and loved ones, as he prepared to join up with the rest of his teammates in a camp, which also acts as a bio-secure bubble for the Chiefs squad ahead of the Al Ahly fixture.
Chiefs squad location
According to Kickoff.com the location of this particular bubble and camp is Polokwane. A part from being used to prepare Chiefs for the final, it is further believed that the club are also using the destination to double up their CAF final preparations with that of the next DStv Premiership season, with Polokwane said to be their desired base for pre- season.
New signings also present
It is then, perhaps no surprise that it wasn’t only the players registered by Chiefs for the recently concluded 2020/2021 season that formed part of this particular camp, but also some of the players whose names have been long linked with the club. It has been revealed that former Bidvest Wits duo Sfiso Hlanti and Phathutshedzo Nange have returned to the Glamour Boys where they begun their previous pre-season.
The two players joining Chiefs has been an open secret, even throughout the previous campaign and it is believed that it is only a matter of time until they are announced amongst a whole host of new signings by the Amakhosi management.
More set to join Chiefs after Cosafa Cup
The other familiar but new face in the camp is the returning loanee Given Thibedi who had impressed during his two temporary spells at Swallows FC. The trio are expected to be joined at Chiefs by another trio of Sibusiso Mabiliso, Kgoagelo Sekgota and Njabulo Ngcobo after their participation in the Cosafa Cup for Bafana Bafana.
But for now the attention is firmly on the final for Chiefs with reports stating that new head coach Stuart Baxter has given off such a positive energy since joining, so much so that the whole group believe they can achieve the historical feat of lifting their first ever CAF Champions League title.