ZIMBABWE soccer champions Caps United’s quest for continental recognition comes under its first major test when they date Zambian champions Red Arrows in the first-round first leg tie of t
he African Champions League competition at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Zimbabweans, captained by former Zambian international defender Laughter Chilembe, need to win the two-legged contest to progress to the second round of the tournament from which the winners qualify for the lucrative mini-league phase of the continent’s premier club competition.
Caps beat minnows Lesotho Defence Forces 8-4 on aggregate in the preliminary round matches.
Not much is known about Red Arrows, but sides from Zambia are generally competitive. Zimbabwean sides however have in the past held their own against Zambian clubs, and Sunday’s match is likely to be another balanced affair between the two champions from the neighbouring southern African nations.
With only one goalkeeper, Tsungai Mudzamiri, available for Charles Mhlauri’s men due to any injury to first-choice Witness Mnkhuli, the Green Machine will be forced to put one of their outfield players on the team sheet as reserve goalkeeper.