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FC PLATINUM caretaker coach Lizwe Sweswe was satisfied with his men’s performance as they begun life without Norman Mapeza with a 1-0 win over Mozambique’s UD Songo in a CAF Champions League first round first leg encounter at Barbourfields on Saturday.
Never Tigere struck home from a free kick 25 minutes into the game to give the platinum miners a slender lead ahead of the second leg away at the end of the month.
The Zimbabwe champions now need to avoid a defeat of two-clear goals to proceed to the group stage of the continental football competition.
Sweswe was satisfied with Saturday’s result stating that they were not expecting to score two or more goals against the Mozambican champions.
“I think 1-0 is a win, we cannot expect to win by more than two goals to such a team like UD Songo.
“They are the champions of Mozambique, so I’m satisfied,” said Sweswe.
The hosts, however, fluffed some chances with returnee Rodwell Chinyengetere being the most culprit.
UD Songo displayed good football, pilling pressure onto the Zvishavane miners coming close to grab an equaliser in the 51st minute following a mix up between goalkeeper Petros Mhari and defender Gift Bello.
Songo’s head coach Nacir Armando is confident that they will win at home and progress to the next stage of the competition.
Armando said they learnt some lessons in Saturday’s defeat which they will amend going forward to book a slot in the group stage.
“Our lessons here were learnt and we will do our best to win the game,” said Armando.
The Zvishavane miners are going into the second leg seeking for a second dance in the mini-league having made their maiden appearance in the previous edition.