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Why Chiefs have a good chance to upset Wydad [opinion]

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By @Thatob_ | self meida writer
Published 1 months ago - 855 views

Kaizer Chiefs' poor form has coincided with football being played in empty stadiums, as they have not been convincing since they came from a lockdown late last year.

Amakhosi's below par performance since then could be down to not used to having crowds in the stadiums and not having fans probably suits the teams who have less support, as the playing ground becomes level. 

However, the Soweto giants have been doing well in away matches than at home, with their matches at FNB Stadium always proving to be a stumbling block.

The FNB Stadium presents a huge challenge, where there is pressure to perform at home, in a huge venue that probably becomes too heavy for the players, as opposed to the opposition, who thrive on putting them under pressure.

The same was true when Chiefs hosted Horoya on Tuesday in the CAF Champions League. They created plenty of chances but ended up being held to a goalless draw in their first match of Group C.

Horoya have gained an upper hand, as they top the group with four points after beating Petro de Luanda 2-0 in their opening match and Chiefs had to settle for third spot, with Wydad Casablanca slotting in at second with three points after also beating Petro de Luanda 1-0.

“We are really struggling here [at FNB Stadium]. Away from home, we are much better," Gavin Hunt said after the match, as quoted by FarPost.

"But ja‚ sometimes it’s going to take a ball to ricochet off somebody for us to score. A bit disappointed with the result. I thought we did enough to win the game‚ but it didn’t happen‚" Hunt added.

Now Amakhosi will be in a must-win game against Wydad Casablanca on Sunday in a neutral venue, in Burkina Faso after they could not get visas to enter into Morocco.

If Chiefs are to keep their hopes of alive of qualifying for the knockout stages they can't afford to drop more points and maybe playing away gives them a better opportunity of coming away with the three points.

In their last five matches away from home, Hunt's charges have won three, drawn one and only lost one against Orlando Pirates in the Soweto derby.

So Hunt will not pinning down hopes of getting the three points at home but it is away they are performing better and given that their match against Wydad is at a neutral venue in Ouagadougou, they even have a better chance of upsetting the Moroccan outfit.

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