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Amakhosi none the wiser 07/04/05
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru has admitted that he is planning for the third-round African Champions League first-leg encounter against Esperance with a virtual blindfold tied around his head.

The Romanian tactician has spent the last week searching high and low for video footage of the Tunisian giants. His efforts have, however, been all in vain.

"I have no idea how Esperance are performing," Dumitru told the Star. "The only tape I have been given is of their game against SuperSport last year. But they have changed six players since then. We are now trying to get a tape from a supporter of one of Esperance's opposing teams in Tunis. It's ridiculous."

Chiefs would be well advised to get watch Esperance's last Champions League encounter against Al Hilal at the El-Menzah Stadium - the venue of Saturday's titanic clash . The Sudanese outfit were thumped 5-1.

Amakhosi defender Fabian McCarthy has played against Northern African outfit before in the Champions League. The centre-back cannot, however, help Dumitru as that was way back in 2001 with former club Mamelodi Sundowns.

"A lot has changed since then, but they play a French style of play and we must expect a tough game," warned McCarthy.

Meanwhile, Chiefs plans have gone further astray ahead of arguably their most important game of the season.

The Premier Soccer League champions missed a connecting flight to Tunis and were stranded in Paris on Thursday morning.

Dumitru explained the confusion that ensued at the airport in the French capital

"We arrived in time, got lost and went to the wrong terminal," Dumitru told the club's official website. "Only when we got to that terminal were we told of our mistake, and we could only use a bus to get there."

He added that the fitness specialists will work overtime in a bid to keep the players in prime condition for Saturday.

"This is something I never expected and obviously this fatigue is going to show up, not today or tomorrow but after tomorrow," the 'Professor' said.

"We are working on that with Farouk, Dr Maepa and the physiotherapist in order to find solutions. I can't tell you how the team will perform after this. Its something beyond my control."

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