The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
TRIANGLE are looking to make an excellent start in their maiden appearance in the Caf Confederation Cup when they square off against Rukinzo of Burundi at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.
Coach Taurai Mangwiro yesterday indicated that they will make an effort to obtain a strong lead in the first leg that their opponents cannot overturn in Burundi.
“We would want to get a good start playing at home, obviously you want to have a healthy lead going into the second leg and the game tomorrow presents us with a chance to do just that,’’ Mangwiro said.
The Sugar Sugar Boys are participating in continental football for the first time, having won the right to represent Zimbabwe in Africa by virtue of winning the Chibuku Super Cup last season. Mangwiro feels that they do have within their ranks personnel with experience at this level which should assist their cause.
“It is the first time that we are playing in the continental competition as a team but we have players among our ranks, from the technical side as well we have international exposure and hopefully it will help,” he said.
Despite this being their maiden dance in the African safari, Mangwiro has expressed his desire to go all the way and make an impression in the continent’s club second tier competition.
“We would like to make an impression, no excuses, we want to use it as a learning curve, we want to give it our best shot and market our team and grow the brand. We look at it as a once in a lifetime opportunity and we have to maximise.”
Triangle head into today’s encounter minus the injured duo of Patrick Magegedhla and Pasca Manhanga. Meanwhile, the Burundians conducted their fine tuning session at the match venue yesterday.