Harare City ready for Zanaco test

HARARE - Harare City coach Tauria Mangwiro says the absence of defender Jimmy Tigere and forward Francesco Zekumbawire will not diminish their prospects of winning against Zanaco this afternoon in an African Confederation Cup first round match.

“Going into an important fixture like the one that we are playing against Zanaco; obviously as a coach you would want to go out there with your full arsenal,” Mangwiro told reporters yesterday.

“But what we have resolved is that we have to make do with do with the available resources and hopefully, it will work well for us.

“I believe we have a strong squad and anyone selected on the day should serve the team well. Yes, we would have wanted to go in there with all our players available, but I’m sure we will still deliver.”

City host the Zambian side in the first leg today before travelling away for the second leg next Sunday.

The Sunshine Boys reached the first round after dispatching Malagasy side AS Adema 6-3 on aggregate in the preliminary round last month.

After conceding three goals in against Adema in the two ties, Mangwiro emphasised the need for his side to maintain a clean sheet, especially at home.

“We surely need to score some goals, but my main concern is on us not conceding. When we played As Adema we let in three goals in the two legs of which left us with a mountain to climb,” he said.

“If anything they (Adema) fancied their chances having scored twice in Harare but, of course, we managed to give it our best shot and proceeded to the next stage.”

City vice captain James Jam said he hopes to use the experience gained against Adema in good use for today’s match.

“From the games we played against Adema, we learnt a lot in the two legs and we hope to use the experience gained from those games to help us negotiate our way past Zanaco,” he said.

“We will take the positives and try to work on our shortcomings.”

Zanaco coach Mumamba Numba said his side will be out to get an away goal and even win the match.

“Coming into the game, I think we have done our preparations very well and we respect our colleagues Harare City; they are a very good side,” Numba said.

“I expect a very tough game when we play them tomorrow (today) but I think we are up to the task and ready to face them. I think we are not here to defend; we will play our normal game.

“We will attack and defend at the same time so that if we can get a win here it will be better on our part.”

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