The Mighty Bulls have also been galvanised by the rich pickings promised by Mbada Diamonds, who are bankrolling this campaign.
The Bulls, mentored by one of the best coaches in the Castle Lager Premier League Joey Antipas, have the benefit of playing in front of a partisan crowd at home. They have also managed a crucial one-all away draw. The stage, therefore, is well set for the Bulls to bulldoze their way to the next round.
Few doubt Antipas’ credentials having led the team to glory in recent years with a much leaner budget than that of Dynamos, Caps United and FC Platinum.
His team managed to hold the Leopards in Polokwane two weeks ago. This time the Bulls need to up the ante and be more offensive.
Said Antipas: “We will attack and try to unsettle them early. We are playing at home and we want to make good use of the home advantage and play some entertaining football.”
“We know they are a good side, they showed how good they are in the first match but we still think we should win this match. They are an attacking side and they are very quick on the ball, so we will be watchful of that. This will be an open game because they will still have a good chance too, but we know that playing in the artificial turf may hinder their game,” he added.
The visitors will naturally pull out all the stops and will fancy their chances to overturn the hosts’ advantage.
In Zvishavane, FC Platinum will seek to wrap up their qualification to the first round of the Caf Champions League with a win at home.
While even a narrow loss may be enough, the miners are looking to sail through in emphatic fashion over Swaziland’s Green Mamba.
Having managed four goals away from home, Rahman Gumbo’s charges will have to defend much better having conceded two goals in Swaziland.
A clean sheet and an avalanche of goals should light up the Midlands town. Hitman Daniel Ngoma has been sidelined through injury while Charles Sibanda who was with the Warriors in Burundi could still play a part.