Centre Chiefs seek away goal

HARARE - Botswana side Mochudi Centre Chiefs are hoping to keep a clean sheet and possibly sneak in an away goal when they play against Zimbabwe champions Dynamos this weekend.

The two teams meet in the first leg of the African Champions League preliminary round qualifier at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Speaking in Gaborone yesterday, Chiefs assistant coach Odirile 'China' Matlhaku said they will be looking to shut out the Glamour Boys before finishing of the tie in Botswana in a fortnight.

“Our main objective going into the field against Dynamos will be to play cautiously, try to defend so they don't score,” Matlhaku told Botswana media.

“We will however, fight to try score an away goal which can work on our advantage when we come down to play home."

Chiefs, who are under the guidance of Serbian Dragojlo Stanojlovic, will be banking on their Zimbabwean contingent of defender Arnold Chaka and midfielder Elvis ‘Tsano’ Meleka to provide them with a cutting edge against DeMbare.

The two Zimbabwean players were named in the Chiefs 19-man travelling party to Harare announced yesterday.

Magosi, as Chiefs are popularly known, are expected to fly out of Botswana on Saturday morning and will hold one training session at the match venue that same afternoon. 

Meanwhile, former Chiefs coach Madinda Ndlovu has predicted a tough contest between the club he helped to two successive be-Mobile Premier League titles and DeMbare.

The defending be-Mobile champions currently trail rivals and log leaders Township Rollers by two points, ironically a team now being coached by Ndlovu.

They have so far garnered 40 points, after 20 games, scoring 34 goals, the highest in the be-Mobile League, and conceding just 15.

Having collected 11 points from a possible 15 in their last five games the former Highlanders and Warriors coach believes Cheifs will be no pushovers.

“It’s going to be a tricky encounter,” Ndlovu told the Daily News yesterday.

“Mochudi are a strong side, they have acquired a couple of good players during the January transfer window. They have some of the best players in the beMobile League.

“I believe it will be a tough game for both teams. Whoever plans well for this game will come out on top.”

Meanwhile, Dynamos held their first training session with the full complement of their squad at Zimphos grounds yesterday.

DeMbare had a light training session which incorporated seven of their players who were away on national duty at the just ended African Nations Championships, including new signings defender Themba Ndlovu and midfielder Masimba Mambare.

Although Dynamos failed to send assistant coach Philemon Mutyakureva on a spying mission to Botswana, team manager Richard Chihoro believes they have enough knowledge of Centre Chiefs to beat the Botswana champions.

“We have a good understanding of how their style of play and we are all geared up to get a good result on Sunday,” Chihoro said.

Mochudi Centre Chiefs Squad

Goalkeepers: Raphael ‘Rafiki’ Ntwhane,  Mompoloki ‘Wrist’ Sephekolo, Lame ‘Malanghane’ Tladinyane.

Defenders:  Michael ‘Mahindra’ Mogaladi, Thabiso ‘Miri’ Khunwane, Arnold ‘Shaka-Zulu’ Chaka, Sekgabo ‘Shibo’ Molebatsi, Kereeditse ‘Forest’ Maphane, Ontse ‘Manich’ Ntesa.

Midfielders: Elvis ‘Tsano’ Meleka, Lesego ‘Lesh’ Galenamotlhale, Othusitse ‘Jabu’ Pilane, Patrick ‘Waka-Waka’ Lenyeletse, Lemponye ‘FC’ Tshireletso, Arnold Bonang

Strikers: Pontsho ‘Piro’ Moloi, Bonolo ‘Benya’ Fraizer, Onalethata ‘OT’ Tshekiso, Atang ‘Klaite’ Mmualefe.

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