Tunisians next in Mandela Cup semis

Kaizer Chiefs booked a place in the semifinals of the Caf Cup Winners Cup for a clash with Tunisian side Club Africain after a remarkable victory against Egyptian side El Ismailia over the weekend.

Amakhosi will be at home for the semifinals of the Mandela Cup on the weekend of October 12 to 14.

The Tunisians are likely to provide a tough encounter for Amakhosi after edging out defending champions Zamalek of Egypt.

The good news for Amakhosi is that midfield workhorse Thabo Mooki would be back for the first leg encounter against the Tunisians.

Mooki missed the second leg encounter against Ismailia with an ankle injury, which will keep him on the sidelines for three weeks.

In the other semifinal, Kumbo Strikers of Cameroon or Gabon’s Evizo will be up against Inter Clube of Angola. Second leg matches will be staged on the weekend of October 26 to 28.

Amakhosi are the third South African side to reach the last four of the annual competition for national cup winners after Jomo Cosmos (1993) and Orlando Pirates (1999).

Egyptian side Al Ahly was awarded the original trophy, the Abdelaziz Mostafa Cup, permanently after their third consecutive win in 1986. The new trophy is named after former South African president Nelson Mandela.