Ngezi Platinum Targeting Group Stage - Coach
By Don Makanyanga
Harare, February 18, 2017 – ZIMBABWE’S Africa Confederations Cup representatives Ngezi Platinum say they are not looking at anything less than the group stage of the continental competition during their maiden appearance in the African Safari.
Speaking ahead of the first round return leg against Pamplemousse of Mauritius in the capital this weekend, Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya said the platinum miners were targeting a group stage berth.
“Our immediate task is to qualify for the second round and then on we can push as hard as we can...our focus is to reach the group stage of the tournament,” said the former Dynamos gaffer.
Ndiraya said he was disappointed with the way his charges played especially in defence which he said looked shaky during some periods of the encounter, something that could have allowed the hosts snatch victory.
However, in the reverse fixture, Ngezi platinum will be happy to welcome back the defensive duo of Bryan Madzokere and Edgar Tapera but have been dealt a blow after tricky midfielder Walter Mukanga suffered an ankle injury.
“We had two key central defenders who were out through injury but the two are now back in training and they will be part of the team as they will add the much needed depth in defence as we try to deal with the long balls type of football the guys from Mauritius play,” Ndiraya said.
“We are going make some tactical changes and also for this game we have suffered a major blow in Walter Mukanga as you know he was one of the best players that we had in the first leg but I think we have enough cover for him though.
“As a coach, you would want your best players for such an important tie.”
He added his charges will be banking on the African Safari experience of some members his technical team and players within the team.
“We are banking on the experience that I and (Gift) Muzadzi have and some of the players have travelled the road before.
“I hope that experience will come to play on Saturday and that is something we will have to bank on in this tie,” he said.
Ngezi Platinum were held to a one all draw in the first leg of the first round matches in Mauritius last weekend.