Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
TRIANGLE make a CAF Confederation Cup bow at Barbourfields this Sunday carrying an impressive eight-match unbeaten run, which coach Taurai Mangwiro described as an important factor.
The 2018 Chibuku Super Cup winners – who are making their debut appearance on the African safari – host Rukinzo of Burundi in the continent’s second-string competition.
While Mangwiro admits they need to be cautious since they are new to the competition, it is their fine run in the domestic league that is seeing his boys entering the jungle with their heads up.
The Sugar Sugar Boys played to a 1-1 draw against Dynamos last Saturday at Rufaro, and Mangwiro said they needed to avoid defeat for continuity.
“What we did not need was to lose (against Dynamos).
“Now we have gone eight games undefeated, which is positive considering that we once lost four on the trot,” said Mangwiro.
Mangwiro said it is important to begin the competition coming from a positive result – a draw against a Dynamos that had also gone for four games without tasting defeat.
“It was important for us to going there having gotten a positive result, I’m sure we did that to a greater extent,” he said.
The Triangle boss brought in two new signings – Allan Tavarwisa and Brian Chikwenya – during the mid-season transfer window and did not hesitate to throw them in against DeMbare.
Mangwiro, who was impressed by the team’s performance, had earlier emphasised the need to bring in new players before the competition starts.
“They did very well, you won’t believe that Brian did not train with us, he was with the national team. At least Allan we had days of training with him.
“I hope they will add value to our team and good acquisitions we have made,” said Mangwiro.
Tringale also welcome captain Ralph Kawondera back into the team ahead of the Sunday game, having been away with the Warriors for two weeks.
Kawondera told H-Metro that they don’t know much about their opponents but are going into the match with a positive mind.
The midfielder said they are targeting to go beyond the group stage in their maiden appearance.
Triangle travel to Burundi for the return leg in a fortnight.