AS Vita and DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge
Friday Feb 10, 2017. 12:30
As they touched down in Swaziland for their CAF Champions League clash against Royal Leopard on Saturday, AS Vita coach Florent Ibenge says they want a win.
Media reports in Swaziland indicate that Ibenge's squad is depleted after resting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaigners such as DRC's Joyce Lomalisa and Zimbabwe's Oscar Machapa.
It is reported that the two players have been rested after their participation at the recent AFCON in Gabon.
The Congolese giants arrived at King Mswati III International Airport in Sikhuphe on Wednesday with a 44-member delegation consisting of 24 players.
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Ibenge has stressed the importance of winning away to make the home leg a formality, but he said they won't undermine their hosts after winning 1-0 during the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.
“We’re here for a win. We know it won’t be easy, but we’re ready,” said Ibenge.
On the other hand, skipper Lusadiso Basisila-Guy added that Black Leopard are a good side, but was upbeat for a win.
“Leopard are a good side but we have to win the away leg to avoid pressure at home. Our supporters can be demanding, so we need a cushion in the first leg,” adds Bisisila-Guy.
The encounter is set to get underway at Somhlolo National Stadium in Swaziland at 15:00 on Saturday.