Hwange Football Club has expressed confidence that it will win its first encounter in the CAF Confederations Cup when it takes on Jamuri Football Club of Zanzibar next month.
As the count down continues before they begin their African Safari campaign next month, Hwange Football Club preparations are now in full swing with team authorities hoping to take advantage of the physique of their opponents.
The ZBC News crew caught up with the team during its practice session just before it set off for a two-week pre-season camping in Dete, where the performance of the newly recruited players and their ability to play in hot weather conditions will be put to test.
This will see them adjust faster to the hot and humid weather conditions during their first away game against Jamuri Football Club on the 18th of next month in Zanzibar.
The team’s head coach, Nation Dube expressed satisfaction that the team has made notable progress ahead of next monthâ€™s match, saying while the defence is pleasing, new strategies are being effected to beef up the strike force which failed to utilise many opportunities during the previous season.
Dube said the team recently recruited new players such as Kudakwashe Chipere, Evans Rusike, Eric Chipeta and Allan Tavarwisa from Division One teams, while Tawanda Mareya and Farayi Vimisayi were recruited from Shabanie and Dynamos, respectively.
The players, who have each signed three-year contracts, have been registered for the CAF games and are expected to enhance the teamâ€™s chances of pulling through the crucial matches.
The reverse fixture is set to be held on the 3rd of March at the Colliery Stadium. The stadium is currently being upgraded to meet CAF standards.