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Zimbabwe Highlanders Coach: Ready For Pamplemousse Of Mauritius

Officials of Zimbabwe's Champions Highlanders Football Club say the team is set for its first leg preliminary round in the African Champions League in which the Premier Soccer League champion will take on Pamplemousse of Mauritius.

Highlanders Chairman Ernest Sibanda said his club has beefed up its squad ahead of the encounter and is counting on its strikers, Zenzo Moyo and Ralph Matema, to help the team stage an upset against Pamplemousse. But it has lost key player Honour Gambami, who just clinched a five month deal with Cercle Brugge of Belgium.

Pamplemousse is due in Harare Thursday and the Mauritius team will head straight to Bulawayo where according to Sibanda they will have time to get used to Barbourfields Stadium, venue for the match. A return match is set in Mauritius in February.

Sibanda told sports reporter Marvellous Mhlanga Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his team has no injuries and feels optimistic ahead of Sunday's game despite having lost 4-0 to Zambia's Zanaco club in a friendly match last week.

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