New Zimbabwe (London)

8 March 2014

Zimbabwe/Seychelles: How Mine Take 5-1 Lead to Seychelles

AFTER taking a commanding 5-1 lead from the first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup against St Michel, Zimbabwe's representatives in the competition How Mine, believe they have one leg into the second round.

And their ambitions do not end there: they want to reach the mini-league phase at their first attempt.

The Bulawayo side left for Seychelles on Thursday morning via Johannesburg, South Africa and arrived in the Island nation at around 1900hrs.

They have one day to train at the match venue, the Stade Linite, but that should not be a problem for them.

"We have a healthy lead from the first match and I am sure we will go through to the next round" said veteran defender Gilbert Banda before departure for South Africa.

Banda has seen action in Africa with Highlanders and FC Platinum in the Caf Orange Champions League and became Zimbabwe's first captain in the inaugural African Nations Championships (Chan) final in Ivory Coast in 2009.

Striker Kuda Musharu, who has scored five goals in the competition and leads the African charts, believes they must not throw caution to the wind, but also guard their lead jealously.

"We need to defend out lead, if we get one goal that will be fine, but we need to defend for us to go through," the former Monomotapa striker said.

How Mine have been the biggest winners in the Confederation Cup this year, parcelling out Chuoni whom they thrashed 4-0 at BF before beating them 2-1 in Zanzibar to cruise through to the first round on a 6-1 goal aggregate.

The gold miners massacred St Michel 5-1 at BF last Saturday and have scored the highest number of goals (11) in the competition so far with Kuda Musharu, the leading striker, having scored five goals.

How Mine will have one eye on the other match between Bayelsa of Nigeria and Konzo FC of Congo Brazzaville, who drew 0-0 in the first leg last week.

The Nigerians are now favourites to rap-up the tie at home, but any scoring draw will see them knocked out.

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