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Chitembwe bullish ahead of USM Alger tie, says victory certain

23/05/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter

CAPS UNITED coach Lloyd Chitembwe is in bullish mode, saying his team is going to win in tomorrow’s Africa’s Champions league match against USM Alger of Algeria at the National Sports Stadium.

The game comes soon after CAPS’ 2-0 defeat away to Zamalek of Egypt two weeks ago.

Addressing a press conference held at a local hotel in Harare Tuesday, Chitembwe maintained his team will win despite his side carrying the underdog tag.

The match will kick off at 3pm Wednesday and the cheapest ticket is pegged at US$5 for rest of the ground.

He said although their opponents are more experienced in the tournament, his team is mentally and physically fit for the tie. The Algerian giants currently lead the log standings in group B after dismissing Al-Ahli Tripoli of Libya 3-0, in their first match.

“What is important to us at the moment is knowing more of your abilities, what we can do, rather than dwelling on what the opponent can do to you,” said Chitembwe.

USM Alger coach Paul Put said despite being haunted by travelling fatigue, his team remains focused and will not take that as an excuse should they lose.

“We are very aware that CAPS is a good side, they have done well in this tournament so far, but, we will do our best, we will not let travel fatigue creep into the our game,” he said.

Chitembwe said despite a few injuries haunting his camp, his guys were raring to go. Chitembwe’s key players who are side-lined by injury include, Ronald Chitiyo and Leonard Tsipa.

CAPS United had been on the giant killing act, defeating five time champions TP Mazembe in their first match, on away goal rule. That was after they held the DRC giants 1 all in Lubumbashi before holding them nil all in Harare.

Chitembwe is hopeful that Zimbabweans will come in their numbers in support of the national cause, as his team is representing the nation as a whole.


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