HOW Mine should not look to one player to score goals, but should work as a team in their Caf Confederation Cup second round first leg match against Bayelsa FC of Nigeria on Saturday, the gold miners’ coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube said yesterday.
The Nigerians were expected in Bulawayo last night from Harare.
The Mbada Diamonds-sponsored team has been relying on Kuda Musharu for goals as he has found the net in all their outings since the start of the competition. To date Musharu has scored six goals.
“While scoring is a part of the game people should not put pressure on the player. There are other players in the team and they have to contribute towards getting the goals. For Kuda to score there should be a good supply of balls from the midfield. The players should work as a team,” Ncube said.
Musharu scored a brace in the team’s 4-0 drubbing of Chuoni FC of Zanzibar and went on to score in Zanzibar when they won 2-1, he got another two against St Michel FC when they beat them 5-1 and scored in their 3-1 loss.
Other goals have come from Menard Mupera, Warren Dube, Thembani Masuku and defender Morris Kadzola. How Mine will, however, be without Dube who is out injured with Ncube saying he could still be unavailable for their return leg.
“Warren Dube and Timothy January will not feature in Saturday’s match and it is likely that they will be out for the next 14-21 days. Warren injured his knee and Timothy has an ankle injury. It is likely they will not feature in the return leg as well,” Ncube said.
He said the team was still working on strategies for Saturday’s match and by tomorrow they would have finalised the team that will play Bayelsa.
Ncube said: “We have to respect Bayelsa. They have played in this competition before and are number three in their country in a league of 20 teams.”