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Published: March 7, 2012
Munyaradzi Jusa|zimbabwean|FC Platinum face Sudanese giants El-Merreikh next in the Caf Champions league later this month, but Coach Rahman Gumbo is not worried.
Platinum routed Swazi opponents, Green Mamba 8-2 on aggregate in
the preliminary round last Saturday and Gumbo believes they have what it takes to stay longer in the competition.
“We have assembled a very good team and with the indomitable spirit I am seeing in camp, who can stop us? These players fight for each other, which is a very encouraging thing to have in a group of players,” said Gumbo.
“With this kind of oneness, I am confident we will reach the mini- league and who knows – we might do the unthinkable and win it ,” said Gumbo.
The first leg of the first round match is penciled for the weekend of March 23-25 at Mandava stadium, with the second leg scheduled for Obdurman, Sudan a fortnight later.
El Merreikh have won 18 Sudanese league titles, and in 2009 they reached the mini-league phase of the Champions league.
Meanwhile, Dynamos, who received a by in the preliminary rounds of the same competition, will have to wait until Saturday to know the identity of their first round opponents, after a Maputo clash between Mafunzo of Zanzibar and LigaMuculmana of Mozambique this Saturday.
Maculmana carry a 2-0 advantage, after embarrassing the Zanzibar side in their backyard.