Hwange prepare for Jamhuri test

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Zimbabwe’s representatives in the 2012 Caf Confederation Cup, Hwange, go into camp next Monday to kickstart their preparations for their maiden appearance in the African Safari.

They face Jamhuri of Zanzibar away on the weekend of February 18 and 19 before they host them at the Colliery a fortnight later.

Hwange technical manager Tennant Chilumba and Castle Lager Premiership Coach of the Year yesterday, said players are expected to be in the coal mining town by tomorrow as training resumes on Monday.

“We are starting our preparations for the Confederation Cup on Monday. We expect all the players to be in Hwange by Friday (tomorrow),” he said.

Chilumba said their training will not only be confined to Hwange, but they will select a place where they will train for two weeks as they want to adapt to the weather conditions in Zanzibar.

“We are going to have one-week training in Hwange next week. We will then go to either Chiredzi or Kariba as we want to train under humid conditions just like in Zanzibar,” he said.

Chipangano will be banking on players like 2011 Footballer of the Year finalist Nkosana Siwela, veteran striker Gilbert Zulu as well as Rodwell Chinyengetere, in the dance against other African countries.

They also have players like reliable goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda, Absa Premiership Bidvest Wits returnee Obert Moyo, David Boriwondo, Malvern Longwe and Farai Vimisayi, who was with Dynamos.

They have added Blessing Sande, Evans Rusike, Allan Tavarwisa and Tawanda Mareya as they seek to bolster their squad ahead of the competition.

Chilumba said they were hoping for a fine run in the competition as they had a good squad with fair chances of delivering positive results.

“We expect the players we acquired now will adjust to our type of play as we want to perform well in the competition,” he said.

Hwange booked a slot to feature in the competition after coming fourth in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

The club indicated they would play two Zambian top sides, Power Dynamos and Red Arrows, and Zimbabwe representatives in the Orange Caf Champions league FC Platinum.