Mochudi refuse to roll over

HARARE - Assistant coach China Matlhaku says his Mochudi Centre Chiefs side is down but far from out after a 3-0 African Champions League preliminary round defeat to Dynamos last weekend. 

Chiefs – who meet the Zimbabwean champions again in Gaborone on Sunday – lost their way in the second half of the first leg in Harare having managed to keep the hosts at bay for more than 45 minutes of the match.

Matlhaku insists the tie is well and truly alive, remaining confident they can pull off a miraculous comeback against their more fancied opponents after the Harare rout left them with a mountain to climb.

The Botswana champions are now hoping to utilise home advantage in the second leg.

"Yes, we lost 3-0 but we were not outclassed,” Matlhaku told a Botswana publication on Tuesday.

“Dynamos is a good side but their goals did not convince me. We will take them on to reverse the score-line and we are going to come up with a plan.”

Matlhaku, however, warned that going all-out in attack might leave the hosts exposed at the back.

“One other thing is that people should understand that you don't just attack because you are playing home,” he said.

“It depends on the strength of your opponents, whether you are home or away. We are going to meet as the technical team and decide on the system we are going to use on Sunday.

“There are different systems, you can go for attacking system, defending system or balancing system.

“Those guys played 4-1-4-1 in Zimbabwe, they were home, we prepared very well for them, unfortunately we made errors and we were punished.

“Those who are saying we did not plan are confused. Let us wait for Sunday, we might use 4-3-3 with variations, we might go for 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1.

“We know what we are doing and people should come and enjoy the game on Sunday.”

Meanwhile Dynamos have been boosted by the return of fit-again striker Simba Sithole and winger Tafadzwa Rusike who missed the first leg.

The record Zimbabwean champions are set to leave for Gaborone this morning by road, a 1069 kilometre journey.

If DeMbare progress, they will meet the winner between Nigerian champions Kano Pillars and AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AS Vita won the first leg 3-1 in Kinshasa at the weekend.

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