FC Platinum returns to CAF Champions League action tonight when they play Al Hilal in their first Group B encounter.
The match will be played at Al-Hilal Stadium in Omdurman and kick-off is at 9 pm Zimbabwean time.
Coach Lizwe Sweswe travelled with a twenty-one member squad for the encounter that includes their star players such as Petros Mhari, Lawrence Mhlanga, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Never Tigere, Devon Chafa and Rahman Kutsanzira.
The team visited the Zimbabwean embassy on Thursday and met ambassador Emmanuel Gumbo who promised to mobilise some fans who will cheer them at the stadium.
Gumbo also warned the players to remain calm even when provoked by the hosts.
“We will be with you at the stadium, though it will be a few of us,” he said. “You will certainly hear our voices and indeed you shall see our national flag.
“Put on your best behaviour. You are likely to be provoked and disappointed by certain decisions or actions from the hosts, but never lose sight of your ambassadorial role.”
The Zimbabwe champions, who reached the group stages for the second successive season, arrived in Sudan on Tuesday. However, their preparations there were disrupted after they lost their luggage while in transit to North Africa.
The bags, which included the team’s playing and training kit as well as other clothing items, had been left behind at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the team caught a connecting flight.
The luggage only arrived in Sudan on Thursday, a day before the match.
FC Platinum Squad:
Goalkeepers: Petros Mhari, Francis Tizayi, Wallace Magalane.
Defenders: Raphael Muduviwa, Tawana Chikore, Lawrence Mhlanga, Gift Bello, William Stima.
Midfielders: Rainsome Pavari, Hagiazo Magaya, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Never Tigere, Devon Chafa, Guyve Mawete Nsiala, Keitha Madera, Kelvin Madzongwe, Rahman Kutsanzira, Charles Sibanda.
Strikers: Mkhokheli Dube, Albert Eonde, Gift Mbweti.
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