Murape welcomes draw

HARARE - Veterna Dynamos midfielder Murape Murape has welcomed the African Champions league draw and has backed the Harare giants to progress to the mini-league stages of the inter-club competitions.

Dynamos, who failed to scale the first round hurdle of the tournament in the past two years, are aiming to qualify for the mini-league stage next year after being drawn against Mochudi Centre Chiefs of Botswana in the preliminary round.

If the Glamour Boys manage to negotiate past their opening game, they will then meet the winner between AS Vita of DRC and Nigeria's Kano Pillars in the first round of the tournament.

A potentially-explosive final round clash against South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs is in waiting provided the Soweto giants negotiate their way in the preliminary and first round clashes.

And 33-year-old Murape, who is eyeing a record fifth mini-league appearance for Dynamos, believes they have been handed a relatively fair draw despite the likelihood of facing South African giants Kaizer Chiefs to reach the mini-league stage.

“I think it’s a fair draw but obviously we should not get carried away,” Murape told the Daily News yesterday.

“We had been paired against difficult teams in the previous years. And in all honest this looks a fair draw and we just need to prepare ourselves properly. We stand a great chance of progressing to the mini-league.

“But we should bear in mind that all teams at this level are champions from their countries and we need to treat everyone with respect. It’s not easy to win against a champion, which calls for thorough preparations.

“I think if we can have adequate preparations then we can definitely qualify. We just need to focus on each game as it comes. For now we have to focus on Mochudi Chiefs before we can start thinking of Kaizer.

“The prospect of meeting Kaizer Chiefs is great. They are our neighbours and it will be a tightly contested affair. We have a strong squad and we are hoping to go far this time around.”

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