|Murape targets Confed glory|
|Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00|
Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
against their fellow Southern African side in a draw conducted at the Caf headquarters in Egypt yesterday and will begin their campaign in the second tier competition at home on July 1.
The reverse leg has been slotted for the weekend of July 13-15 at the Estadio 22 de Junho in Luanda.
The Harare giants were relegated from the prestigious Champions League tournament after losing 7-1 on aggregate to holders Esperance but will have another chance to redeem themselves in the less glamorous competition — the Caf Confederation Cup — if they proceed to the group phase.
“We have to make up for the disappointment we experienced in the Champions League by qualifying for the mini-league stage of the Confederation Cup. I know that it requires a lot of hard work and focus but I have confidence in the team.
“If you look at the way we played against Esperance on Sunday at Rufaro you could feel that the guys have the zeal but it was unfortunate we had lost it in the first leg. But if we take it up from there we have the chance to progress,” said Murape.
Interclube, who were losing semi-finalists in the same competition last year, qualified for the play-off round with a comprehensive 6-1 aggregate win over Sudan’s El Amal Atbara in the second round.
Dynamos, on the other hand, beat Mozambique’s Liga Muculmana 3-2 on aggregate in the first round before losing the plot in Tunisia where they succumbed to a massive 6-0 hiding in the first leg of the second round.
Murape said DeMbare would need to maintain their focus although he hasn’t played against Angolan teams in a career spanning over 13 years at Dynamos.
“I haven’t played any team from Angola before but I remember we played the country’s national side at the Under-20 level sometime back.
“Everyone has an equal chance but it’s all about preparation and self-belief as a team. If our attitude is right then we can do it,” said Murape.
Interclube are not new to Zimbabwean opponents as they once played Mwana Africa in 2007.
Despite their trials at home where they face relegation, Leopards progressed to the qualifying play-offs courtesy of an away goals rule victory over Warri Wolves of Nigeria.
Leopards confirmed their progress when they beat Warri Wolves 2-0 at Peter Mokaba on Sunday courtesy of Zimbabwean striker Kingstone Nkhata’s brace.
According to the draw, the Sudanese outfit will face CO Bamako of Mali.