ZAMBIA’S CAF Champions League envoys, Zanaco, kicked off the Zimbabwe training camp with a 4-1 victory over Mozambican side Ferroviaro de Beira.
The Mozambican side that has Zambian striker Lineker Mwikisa are also in Zimbabwe.
The bankers who are camped in Bulawayo ahead of the Champions League preliminary round first leg against Armed Forces of Gambia are set to play two more friendlies against Zimbabwean sides Platinum Stars and Ngezi FC.
New recruits Tafadzwa Rusike, Romaric Petroipa, Chitiya Mususu and Boyd Musonda ensured Zanaco carried the day as they all scored a goal each.
“Training is going on well and the new players are trying to fit in the tea, we only hope they settle very fast,” coach Mumamba Numba said in an interview from Bulawayo yesterday.
Numba is optimistic the Zimbabwe outing will give his side the needed preparations for the Champions League assignment.
He said the players had difficulties in coordination in the first few minutes of the game as they had to shake off the pre-season rust.
“We are coming from offseason and this is the first competitive game we are playing. The players are a bit rusty. We struggled a bit in terms of coordination in the first 15 minutes but we later settled,” he said.
Numba said the Zimbabwe outing will help his side gain the needed match fitness.
“It is good for us because we need match fitness and it is only from such games where we can get it. I am sure we shall gain a lot in terms of match fitness after the three games,” he said.
Zanaco will host Armed Forces in the first leg on February 9.