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Banda back for How Mine


DEFENDER Gilbert Banda is back for How Mine after finally getting a passport as they prepare to face seasoned campaigners St Michel United of Seychelles in the first round, first leg of the Caf Confederation Cup at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.


Banda who was excluded from the first two matches against Chouni as he had no passport but coach Philani Ncube confirmed yesterday that the former Highlanders and FC Platinum defender had secured his travel document.

“If he plays well and if he is selected, he will be part of the team,” he said.

Ncube was, however, wary of playing yet another team that he has no knowledge of although it will not be the first time that St Michel are at BF where they fell 1-0 to Highlanders in the first round second leg of the Caf Champions League in 2000.

Bosso had beaten them 2-0 in their own turf in the island country before beating Sable de Batie of Cameroon in the first leg second round 3-0 at BF before failing to defend that healthy lead in Cameroon and lost by the same margin and knocked out of the continental competition 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.

Ncube said he does not know anything about St Michel except that he has heard that they have seven players in the national team.
“What I heard is that they have seven players in the national team.

“I think they are a good side and we will have to capitalise at home and be able to defend away. We need to win and come out with a healthy margin,” he said.

How Mine beat Chouni FC of Zanzibar 4-0 at BF in the first leg preliminary round with goals coming from a brace by Kuda Musharu, a penalty by Menard Mupera and another goal by Warren Dube.

Thembani “Smaller” Masuku and Musharu then scored in the 2-1 win in Zanzibar on March 15 for the Mbada Diamonds-sponsored team to proceed to the first round.

They arrived back from Zanzibar last Monday and had two days rest before resuming training on Wednesday.

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