Thursday Aug 19, 2021. 14:00
Kabwe Warriors striker Jimmy Ndhlovu says they have an obligation to ensure they maintain their unbeaten record in continental competition against Madagascar’s opposition.
Warriors return to continental action for the first time since 1993 after qualifying for the 2021/2022 CAF Confederation Cup.
The Railwaymen have a preliminary round date against CFFA and are away in the first leg scheduled for the weekend of September 11.
Warriors also return to Madagascar for the first in 48 years where they enjoy a 100 percent record dating back to The Railwaymens’ height led by the late legendary striker Godfrey ‘Ucar’ Chitalu.
“Warriors have always been beating teams from there during the ‘Ucar’ days,”Ndhlovu told AF.
I don’t know much about them but I read and seen a few clips and also know that they play some good football.
“They also use an artificial turf which we are not familiar with.”
This will be Warriors third encounter against clubs from the Indian Ocean Island nation.
The first meeting was in 1972 when they beat AS Saint Michael 2-1 at home and 3-0 away in the old African Champions Cup, the forerunner to the CAF Champions League.
Warriors repeated that feat the following seasons in the same competition when they defeated Fortior Mahajanga 4-0 at home and 3-0 away.
Meanwhile, Ndhlovu played a very crucial role in Warriors’ CAF Confederation Cup qualification that they secured on the final day of the 2020/2021 FAZ Super League season when they finished fourth.
His hat-trick in Warriors’ 3-2 home win over Indeni on the final day of the season on June 27 sealed the Kabwe clubs’ top four finish to see them qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup.
The striker ended the campaign with seven league goals.