ZIMBABWE’S representatives in the Caf Confederations Cup Triangle United will not be resting on their laurels in the return fixture against Rukinzo FC despite flying into Burundi with a five-goal cushion.
Triangle United demolished Rukinzo FC 5-0 in the first leg of the continental cup competition at Barbourfields Stadium a fortnight ago.
Coach Taurai Mangwiro (pictured) said he had been emphasising on mental strength to his players in the build-up to the Burundi trip.
“Nothing is guaranteed in football and we have been telling the players to forget about the five-goal cushion, we can’t risk being complacent lest our opponents pull a shocker.
“Mental strength is important because we don’t know what the Burundi team has planned for us so the boys need to approach the game with the respect it deserves,” Mangwiro told B-Metro Sport ahead of the trip to the Great Lakes.
Progression for the Sugar Boys will set them on a collision course with either Azam of Tanzania or Fasil Kenema of Ethiopia in the first round.
The first round first-leg match has been slated for the weekend of September 13-15, with the return leg two weeks later.
Winners of the two-legged first round matches then progress to the play-offs where they will meet the team that will progress from the fixtures that have Bandari (Kenya) taking on Al Ahly Shendi of Sudan as well as winners between US Ben Guedane of Tunisia and Amarat of South Sudan.
The group stage gets underway on November 29 up to the weekend of Match 6-8, 2020.
The Confederations Cup kings will be rewarded with US$1,25 million and losing finalists US$625 000, semi-finalists US$450 000, while reaching the quarter-finals guarantees US$350 000, with fourth-placed teams getting US$275 000.