HARARE - Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro believes his side is ready to kick-start their Caf Confederations Cup campaign.
The Sunshine Boys will embark on their maiden African Safari journey with a home tie against AS Adema of Madagascar in the preliminary round at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.
City’s opponents — AS Adema — are however, not new to continental football having participated in both the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederations Cup.
But Mangwiro is however, unfazed and certified his charges ready for Saturday’s match saying the fusion of youth and experience should serve them well both in the domestic and continental campaign.
“I think the boys are ready for the game now. We are on the right track. We have had to do with friendlies against local teams which I think was a good exercise. We have had a chance to work on our combinations and many other aspects,” Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday.
“I think we have assembled a decent squad comprising youth and experience. The challenge is for them to be tactically sound but the good thing is that most of them have played at this level before. Our selection base is very wide and we are happy to have almost everyone up for selection.”
Mangwiro revealed that new signing Jimmy Tigere will not be available for selection as he is down with injury while William Manondo has an outside chance as he is struggling with an ankle injury.
The former CAPS United gaffer is hoping a win in the first leg will ease the pressure on his side ahead of the return leg in Antananarivo in a fortnight.
“We need to take a healthy lead since we are starting at home. It is also important not to concede a goal. We know little about this team and we need to be very careful. We want to go for the second leg with a comfortable lead,” he said.
“From our preparations so far, the signs are good. The guys are looking sharp and we are hoping they will maintain the same attitude.”
Should Harare City sail past AS Adema, a date against Zambian side Zanaco awaits them, in the first round in March.
A win against the Zambians, will see City play either Malian side AS Bakaridjan or AS Kaloum Star of Guinea or Stade Gabesien of Tunisia in the final qualifying round before the group stages of the second tier African inter-club competition.