Antipas backs Harare City against Zambia’s Zanaco

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CHICKEN Inn head coach Joey Antipas has backed Harare City to beat their Zambian Caf Confederations Cup opponents Zanaco in the first round, first leg tie, at Rufaro Stadium in on Saturday.
Antipas’ charges played against the Zambia’s Caf Cup representatives and drew 2-2 draw during a four-team invitational tournament a month ago.
He said, although the Zambians proved to be a good side, Harare City could run away victors on Saturday.
The veteran coach own side put up a vintage show against South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns, beating them 1-0 in Bulawayo before they were handed a 2-0 defeat in the second leg in South Africa to bow out on a 2-1 aggregate score-line.
And the Chicken Inn boss said Zanaco were a good side all-round.
“They (Zanaco) are a good side all-round. It will be a very tough match but Harare City are also a very good side.
“They have got a good squad can give the Zambians a good run for their money and run away winners. It will be interesting,” said Antipas.
Harare City booted out AS Adema of Madagascar following a 6-3 aggregate victory to set up a clash against the Zambian side in the first round.
Taurai Mangwiro’s men go into the match against Zanaco with their confidence high following a victory over city rivals Caps United.
City booted Caps out of the ZNA Charity Shield 4-3 on penalties at Rufaro on Sunday after the match had ended 1-1 in regulation time.
Mangwiro rested several key players including Raphael Manuvire, Themba Ndlovu, Ronald Chitiyo while the injured pair of big striker Francesco Zekumbawire and Kuda Kumwala did also not take part with Mangwiro opting to give some of his juniors a run.
And the kids, who include Tanaka Ruzvidzo, Jerry Chipangura and Tatenda Tumba, did not disappoint putting on a polished performance that dumped the Green Machine out of the tournament.
Harare City will be hoping Zekumbawire and Kumwala, who sustained injuries in Madagascar, will be fit by Saturday.Advertisement