Zimbabwe premier league side, Ngezi Platinum Stars, face Angolan side CLube Recreativo do Libolo in the CAF Confederation Cup first round second leg qualifier at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.
The mining club lost 2-1 away in Angola last week and will be looking to overturn the fortunes when they host the Angolans in a do or die fixture.
Ngezi Patinum Stars will also be looking to capitalize on the away goal they have while the Angolans hope to exploit the result advantage. On their downside, Ngezi had a genuine goal disallowed for offside in the dying stages of the first leg and the incident could decisively change the overall the face of qualification.
On the other hand, the miners will have to make do with mostly travelling fans as, for the second tiime, they play in Harare, 150km away from Baobab stadium in Mhondoro.
The home team has a boost in forward options as striker Kenneth Bulaji returns from an injury which sidelined him from the away match and is available for selection. However, they will be without key defender, Byron Majekere, who is out with a groin injury.
Nevertheless, coach, Tonderai Ndiraya, has said that there is no need to worry about injuries as there is enough personnel to fill in the gaps.
“We are not concerned at all, injuries are part of the game; they are part of sport so we are not really worried if one member of the squad gets injured. When Kenneth [Bulaji] got injured, I think we had a lot of options on the day, if you still remember we had Washington Pakamisa, on the bench we also had Clive Aguishto [and] in the squad we also have McClive Phiri whow we also recruited this term. So when we did our recruitment we looked at the balance of the team and we made sure that each and every department is well balanced.
“So in terms of injuries we are not worried but I’m happy to say that he’s since come back into the team, he’s been training the whole week and he’s also in line for selection. So we almost have the full squad available for selection except one of our key defenders, Byron Majekere, who has failed to recover from a groin injury.
“So we are spoilt for choice in terms of selection and we also have been very lucky, if I may put it that way, and we want to thank the whole management for putting the whole team in camp. We are camped here in Harare, the whole 30 men squad, so that really has given us a lot of options to select the team from, so don’t worry, in that area we are covered and we have able replacements if one member gets injured,” he said.