Following the tragic death of 43 soccer supporters in a stampede at Ellis Park last week, Kaizer Chiefs moved their Caf Cup Winners’ Cup second leg match against US Stade Tamponnaise to FNB Stadium on Wednesday.
The match against the Reunion side was initially scheduled for Sunday at Ellis Park but due to the horrific incident, the SA Football Association (Safa) requested a postponement from the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
Chiefs were granted a 72-hour postponement in accordance with the Caf rules.
The match kicks off at 17:00 on Wednesday and tickets will be sold at the stadium. The match will be televised live on SuperSport.
The Reunion side arrived on Thursday and took time out to attend the cleansing ceremony at Ellis Park on Sunday.
Chiefs players will know better that if they are to progress to the next round of this continental club competition, they will have to raise above their grief and put up a good show against the islanders.
Both sides played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg and Chiefs will go into the match with a better advantage after scoring the crucial away goal.
The winners will travel to Victoria for a clash with Sunshine of Seychelles in May. Sunshine overcame Mogoditshane of Botswana in the first leg.
After being on the back foot for the opening minutes of their abandoned match against Pirates, Chiefs went into the lead through Nigerian Tony Illodigwe, who is expected to play a crucial role on Wednesday night.
Illodigwe, who also scored for Chiefs in Reunion, has been under pressure to produce after failing to sparkle since joining the Naturena side. The burly Nigerian was placed on the transfer list and coach Muhsin Ertugral has indicated that if the striker wants to stay with the Glamour Boys, he would have to perform even better.
“Yes, he is coming right,” said Ertugral. “But Tony has the potential and I am not yet satisfied with his performance. He can do a lot better than that.”