Harare City will this weekend wind up preparations for their maiden Caf Confederations Cup campaign when they play friendly matches against Chicken Inn and Bulawayo City.
The capital City club are gearing up to host AS Adema of Madagascar on 13 February in the first leg of the preliminary round.
They will then visit the Indian Ocean islanders for the second leg two weeks later.
But this weekend, Taurai Mangwiro’s men take on Bulawayo City and Chicken Inn who will be competing in the Caf Champions League before they narrow their focus on hosting AS Adema.
“Our preparations have been going on very well since we regrouped in early January. We have been working on our fitness and the tactical aspect of the game and we are getting there,” Mangwiro said.
“The boys have been responding well to training and I am happy about that. I am sure after we go to Bulawayo this weekend we will come back ready for AS Adema. We are taking them seriously and we are not going to be fooled by the notion that there is no competitive football in Madagascar.”
City have so far played friendly matches against the Warriors who were preparing for Chan as well as Chapungu and Mutare City.
Meanwhile, A number of veteran players have resurfaced at newly-promoted PSL side Bulawayo City who are keen for a longer stay in the top-flight league.
Bulawayo City were promoted from the Southern Region Division One League and are coached by former How Mine mentor Philani Ncube. Headlining the number of experienced players who have joined club are former Highlanders players Mkhokheli Dube and Ndodana Sibanda.
Ncube would be reunited with Edmore Muzanenhamo whom he coached at How Mine and was with Highlanders last season.
Goalkeeper Liberty Chirava has dumped ZPC Kariba and is close to making a move to City.
Bulawayo City have also signed Proud Zireni, Thomas Chimenya and Terrence Majo while they are still assessing former Highlanders and Warriors captain Gilbert Banda, ex-Warriors hardman Mthulisi Maphosa and Nkosana Siwela , formerly with Hwange.
“We are still assessing some of these players and I am sure very soon we would have completed assembling the squad for the season. Things are looking fine so far,” Ncube said.
“We have to be at our strongest best to last the distance in the PSL. We are not there just to make up numbers but to compete. That is why we are building a strong squad that will take us far. We have also put faith in some of the guys who helped us get promoted.”
During his time at How Mine, Philani Ncuibe had a squad composed of experienced players and it went on to play in the 2012 Caf Confederations Cup after reaching the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup the previous year. — supersport.com