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FORMER Warriors and Highlanders defender Bruce Kangwa makes a return to Barbourfields Stadium when his new club Azam of Tanzania clash with Triangle in the first round second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup on Saturday.
It will not be an easy task for the Tanzanian side after they lost to Triangle 1-0 in the first leg at Chamazi Stadium on Sunday and their daunting mission will be to win by more than two goals at Barbourfields after allowing Triangle to score an away goal.
Kangwa, an attacking left-back joined Azam from Highlanders in 2016, a move that riled former Bulawayo giants’ coach Erol Akbay, who did not want to lose the influential defender in his campaign.
The former Warriors’ defender cherishes returning to Emagumeni, where his career was carved.
“It’s a great feeling having to play at BF three years since I left home and knowing that I will be at my home ground again will be a great experience. The only difference now is that I will be playing for another team but I guess the feel of the ground will be still the same,” Kangwa said.
He is excited to be playing in front of his home supporters, especially from his former club Highlanders.
“Seeing my fans back home and also playing in front of them after three years will also be an amazing experience which I’m looking forward to,” he said.
Azam’s defeat at home to Triangle put the Zimbabwean side on an advantage to qualify for the next round of the continental showcase.
Kangwa said they would throw everything at Triangle next Saturday but they were not under pressure after the home defeat in Tanzania.
“We will come and play our normal game. In football anything can happen and we are not under pressure because they are leading us. The game is not over yet. I believe there is still light at the end of the tunnel,” Kangwa said.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum first round second leg Caf Champions League tie in Mozambique on Saturday might prove to be an uphill task after they laboured to beat visiting UD Songo in an uninspiring first leg match at Barbourfields Stadium two weeks ago.
FC Platinum coach Lizwe Sweswe, in his first continental assignment in charge after Norman Mapeza parted ways with the platinum miners said he was confident of defending the slender win in Mozambique after UD Songo gave them a scare in the second half.
“That we scored that one goal is an advantage for us. I am satisfied with the game, playing against the champions of Mozambique who have also qualified for the first round. We know how we will deal with them. Our target is to qualify for the mini league and not about how many goals we score,” Sweswe said.