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Musharu targets early strike in Nigeria

HOW Mine FC head into this weekend’s return leg of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup against Bayelsa United on the back of a 2-1 first leg victory at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
The Zimbabwean continental debutants travel to Nigeria eager to make the final play-off round and leading striker Kuda Musharu is polishing his boots ready to strike again and steer Mine one step closer to the mini-league phase.
Musharu, 27, and standing, is no stranger to the tough and exciting battles of continental inter-club championships having seen action with Motor Action in 2011 in the Orange CAF Champions League.
In the 2014 season, Musharu has been in fine form and it is his regular goal scoring exploits that make him believe that the outing to Bayelsa’s Sapele Stadium on Saturday March 28 is not only an opportunity for him to increase his goals tally but progress and continue what is being considered a fairy-tale run in the club’s first season in African club championships competitions.
Looking back at earlier rounds during which he has been on target in every game from the preliminary round against Chuoni FC of Zanzibar and St Michel of Seychelles, Musharu told CAFonline.com that his primary target in the return fixture in Nigeria will be to get How Mine FC what he calls “the crucial away goal” to unsettle Bayelsa.
CAFonline.com: What will it take for you to score in Nigeria, how will you approach the return match?
Musharu: We don’t need to panic. I think if we contain them (Bayelsa) for about 30 minutes, they will be frustrated and we can get one goal which will unsettle them. I scored the crucial away goal against St Michel in the Seychelles and I think if we work as a team, we can do it again.
CAFonline.com: Is How Mine’s continental football fairy-tale run about to end?
Musharu: Anything can happen in football; we are still in it and we can win away as well.
CAFonline.com: What have you learnt from the campaign so far?
Musharu: You need to win by big margins at home and then play for a draw away. Winning away is difficult. We lost to St Michel and we need to take our chances at home.
CAFonline.com: Would you like a return next season?
Musharu: I wouldn’t mind playing in Africa every year. I have played in the Champions League with Motor Action in 2011 and this was my second time so, yes, if we can return, it will be good for us. We have the experience now.Advertisement