How Mine off to Zanzibar

BULAWAYO - The country’s representatives in the African Confederations Cup tournament How Mine are expected to jet out for Zanzibar today for a date with Chuoni Football Club in the second leg of their preliminary round encounter set for Saturday.

Chikurupati carry a healthy 4-0 lead following their comfortable win over their opponents in the first leg at Barbourfields last weekend and their head coach Philani Beefy Ncube told the Daily News that the best way to protect their lead will be to attack.

“The best way to defend is to attack and we are going to continue from where we left off in the first leg and attack that team relentlessly,” Ncube said.

“We are not going there to defend our lead but all we have to do is to be cautious not to expose ourselves at the back and I promise Zimbabweans a positive result.”

How Mine chairperson Mlondolozi Nkomo said they will travel to Harare today where they will catch a flight to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia from where they will connect to Zanzibar.

And like his coach, the Chikurupati boss was also full of confidence that the gold miners will progress to the next stage of the competition.

“I think our chances are very bright and we have one leg across but we will not take Chuoni lightly because we do not know what kind of arsenal they will throw at us,” Nkomo said.

“We therefore need to tread carefully but I am optimistic that we will progress to the next stage of the competition.”

And if the gold miners avoid an upset in Zanzibar they will meet the winner between St Michel from Sychelles and ASSM Elgeco Plus of Madagascar in the first round of the competition.

St Michel carries a 2-1 lead going into the weekend ties.

The How Mine technical team has kept faith with the squad that did duty for them in the first leg.

How Mine squad:Ephraim Mazarura, Donovan Bernard, Morris Kadzola, Terrence Majo, George Magariro, Nyasha Mukumbi, Herbert Dick, Blessing Sande, Mernard Mupera, Edmore Muzanhenhano, Thembani Masuku, Xolisani Moyo, Warren Dube, Timothy January, James Chitereki, Marvel Samaneka, Kuda Musharu, Emmanuel Mandiranga.

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