Tinotenda Nyanzira, Sports Reporter
Triangle will have much to prove in their Chibuku Cup quarter final against Harare City at Rufaro this afternoon.
The sugar sugar Boys had CAF Confederation Cup commitments against Nouadhiabou of Mauritania leading to the rescheduling of their game against the Sunshine Boys.
Triangle lost 4-3 on aggregate to FC Nouadhibou and failed to reach the group stages of CAF confederation cup.
Captain Ralph Kawondera says he was disappointed for not progressing to the next round and calls for focus ahead of their game today.
“We are very disappointed after being knocked out of the CAF tournament but I’m happy because we really put a good fight and as team it was a great exposure though we wanted to be in the tournament group stages.
“Now it’s over and we are aware that Chibuku cup it’s a tournament that will take us to play in the CAF Confederation cup so we are taking this game seriously since we are cup holders.
“We are totally focused for this game and we are handling the pressure well because we are taking each game as it comes.
“And we know it’s not going to be easy for us to retain this cup but I know we can do it,” he said.
Triangle have been doing a lot of travelling both domestically and in Africa and Kawondera rules out fatigue to get in their way today.
Today’s winner will have only three days to prepare for their semi-final game against Ngezi Platinum at Baobab.
“We are prepared for the match and yes we can talk about fatigue but that does not affect us because everyone is ready to put up a good fight when called to do duty.
“It will be very difficult to us but we have the team that delivers and that’s why sometimes the coach shuffles the team to give other players some rest,” said Kawondera.
Today’s encounter will be a repeat of last season’s Chibuku cup final and Kawondera implied that this cup is their only hope since the championship is already out for grabs.
“This cup is the only thing that’s left for us this season so we are not taking tomorrow’s (today) game lightly.
“We know it’s not going to be an easy match for us because we are facing against a team that we beat last year in the final of this cup so it will be a mountain to climb but I’m confident that we will pass through to the semi-finals.
“Cup games are different to the league games but it’s all about goals so we are coming there to attack even when we are playing away from home,” he said.