It’s still a long way to go: Beefy

Despite making their presence felt in the Caf Confederation Cup first leg preliminary round match with an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of Zanzibar’s Chuoni FC at Barbourfields Stadium over weekend, How Mine believe it is still a long way to go for them.

Philani “Beefy” Ncube
Philani “Beefy” Ncube

“I am just pleased that the boys played according to the plan and hope they will continue to implement what we need to get to where we want. They worked hard and we want to fly the country’s flag high in our maiden appearance in this tournament,” said coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube.

The Metallon Gold-sponsored team’s victory set a steep climb for Chuoni, who failed to contain the miners’ rout, as the Zimbabweans all but set themselves on a guaranteed next round appearance.

Rather than going on holiday in the tropical island of Zanzibar in a fortnight, How Mine have to either defend their four-goal lead or score more goals to make certain of their place in the next round. The Bulawayo-based team was the only one in the tournament to score four goals on Saturday, as the rest of Africa got between one and three goals in the competition.

“We need to score more goals in the return leg again to make a safe passage to the next round,” said the coach. How Mine scored through a brace from Kudakwashe Musharu, a penalty from Menard Mupera and a well-executed free-kick by Warren Dube.

Nicknamed the “Giant Killers” locally, their story started with promotion to the Premier Soccer League last season and not only ended in them managing to survive in the tough league, but also a respectable top eight finish and an appearance in the final of the country’s richest cup tournament, the Mbada Diamonds Cup, which qualified them for the CAF competition, as cup winners, Highlanders are still serving a ban.

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