HARARE - Harare City captain Themba Ndlovu says their victory over CAPS United in the ZNA Charities Shield quarter-finals will help motivate his side ahead of this Saturday’s Africa Confederation Cup clash against Zanaco at Rufaro Stadium.
The Sunshine Boys were 4-3 victors after a penalty shootout lottery having come from a goal down to force the match into a penalty shootout.
Dominic Chungwa had given Makepekepe the lead in the 75th minute but Honey Chimutimunzeve equalised for the Sunshine Boys with a minute to go before full time.
“This was an important win for us bar the fact that it had to be decided through penalties and it will help motivate the guys as we prepare to host Zanaco because we were desperate to maintain the winning formula,” Ndlovu told the Daily News.
“We were very lucky to win the match having been a goal down but we knew we needed to win in order to progress to the next round and also losing a local derby always hurts and all this speaks volumes about the boys’ determination on the field and I’m proud and honoured to lead them.”
Harare City play host to Zambian side Zanaco in the first round of the Confederation Cup this weekend after negotiating their way past AS Adema of Madagascar 6-3 on aggregate following respective 3-2 and 3-1 home and away wins.
“We learnt vital lessons against AS Adema that we should not concede at home,” said Ndlovu.
“We don’t know much about Zanaco but understand that they are an experienced team. We are not reading much into that but focusing on our game plan.
“We will be aiming not to concede while scoring is also equally important so two goals or more will be ideal for us so that we make our lives easier when we go for the return leg.”