Gunners continental edge

soccer_ballHARARE - Gunners is now a different team after participating in the 2010 Caf Champions League, head coach Darlington Dodo told The Zimbabwean last week.

There is now a difference between the Gunners that we were before the African Safari and the Gunners we are today. We used to be an ordinary team, but after a respectable performance in the Champions League we have earned a name for ourselves. I have gained confidence as a coach and the players now believe more in themselves and the team, said Dodo.

Rubbing shoulders with Africas best was a learning experience for me and the players; we gained knowledge of different approaches to football. I believe that it will become handy in our mission to defend our championship title.

Gunners removed all doubt of Zimbabwe deserving two slots in the continental club showdown when they beat six time winners, Al Ahly, 1-0 in the first leg of the first round encounter they played at home.

Despite eventually falling 2-1 on aggregate following the 2-0 defeat of the return leg in Cairo, Egypt, Gunners received applause from Zimbabwe football followers for their bravery in their debut Champions League show.

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