EVERY champion has once lost a fight.

These were Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi's words after their loss to Al Ahly in a Caf Champions League final.

Despite their bad record in the domestic league, Amakhosi defied the odds and reached the continental competition final.

However, their fairytale run did not end well as they lost 3-0 to Egyptian giants Al Ahly in Morocco last weekend.

In an Instagram post, Akpeyi, who was the goalkeeper on the day, shared a message which said: "Every champion has once lost a fight (sadly so), but they have never lost their dream no matter the opinion about them, nature does conform to them at the right time.

"To everyone who has been standing with them through thick and thin, I salute your courage. When the limits are broken, all the joy that is assumed to be lost you will receive them in one package. I'm grateful to have come this far."