Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
TRIANGLE look assured of a CAF Confederation Cup second round spot after thrashing Burundian side Rukinzo 5-0 at Barbourfields yesterday.
The Zimbabweans, who are making their debut appearance on the Africa safari, now travel to Burundi in a fortnight carrying a comfortable lead.
Mid-season signing Allan Tavarwisa scored twice while captain Ralph Kawondera, Timothy January and Nyasha Chintuli scored once each as the Sugar Sugar Boys proved too sweet for the visitors.
Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro, however, believes they still have a lot of work to do despite carrying such a comfortable lead.
Mangwiro described Rukinzo as ‘not bad opponents’ saying they have another ‘second half’ to play in Burundi.
“I wouldn’t want to say they are bad opponents. It’s just that we capitalised on the chances we got.
“Well done to the boys for such a convincing win. But this does not mean it’s already over, we played the first half here in Zimbabwe and we are going for a second half in Burundi. It’s still game on until we progress to the next stage,” Mangwiro told H-Metro last night.
Tavarwisa was playing his second match for the Lowveld side and Mangwiro was full of praises for the striker.
“Of course the whole team performed well, all the boys did justice but Allan (Tavarwisa) was on top of his game. He scored the opening goals to put the team in a comfortable position.
“Obviously, he will give us the cutting edge going forward. We talked about having these additions before and it’s good that he is delivering,” said Mangwiro.
Participating in the CAF Confederation Cup will see Triangle playing more games in a week and Mangwiro said they were aware of that.
“We knew that participating in Africa will come with more games and more pressure, so we need to manage that and try to make sure that fatigue don’t affect us.”
Mangwiro also hailed their sponsors – Tongaat Hulett- and the executive for stirring their participation in Africa.
“In these harsh economic conditions and you get sponsors who are always behind you, especially in these continental matches should be highly praised. Allow me to thank Tongaat Hulett for that.
“And the executive too, they were here with us in Bulawayo, that shows that they are fully behind the team. My technical team also, I need to thank them.
“We have fans who came all the way from Triangle to support us and that gives us the energy and zeal to produce positive results,” said Mangwiro.