Gaborone United (GU) faces an uphill battle in the second leg of the African Champions League. In two weeks time, GU will be faced with the mammoth task of reversing the 4-1 drubbing that they suffered at the hands of popular Zimbabwean side Dynamos.
For GU to qualify for the next stages of the tournament, they have to beat Dynamos by three goals, and in the process not concede a single goal.
But GU coach, Major David Bright is optimistic that they will live up to the task and overcome Dynamos.
He told The Telegraph that GU will fight to the very end.
“Scoring three goals is a huge task indeed, but in football anything is possible and I will not give up until the last minute. Dynamos is not an extraordinary team, they can be beatable. It is unfortunate that they scored four goals in Harare, but we can beat them at home and eventually qualify for the group stages,” he said.
Bright also said Dynamos might want to defend their lead in Gaborone, and that is where GU can capitalize. He said he has worked on the mistakes that they made in the first round encounter, and GU will be a different team.
He said GU’s main undoing in Harare was stage fright, especially because of the massive support that Dynamos enjoys.
“The attendance in Zimbabwe was huge compared to the one in Port-Elizabeth when GU knocked out Orlando Pirates. The atmosphere was electric, and I could sense a bit of panic in some of my players. But that is water under the bridge since we will be playing home. I am expecting Batswana to attend in large numbers and lend their support to GU” he said.
It looks like Bright will put GU goalkeeper Kgosietsile Senjoba on the bench and give Raphael Nthwaane a run. It appears Senjoba has lost form and tends to concede easy goals. Nthwaane had a niggling shoulder injury, but he has since fully recovered. Nthwaane was manning the goalposts when GU beat Mochudi Centre Chiefs 2-1 last week Wednesday.
Tumisang Sekanonyane might not make it because he is still injured and has not played since the Harare encounter. Ofentse Nato is the one who will be making a comeback after a one match suspension. He is expected to play a vital role on Saturday. Gaborone United still stands a chance to participate in the African Confederations Cup even if they are knocked out. That will however depend on the other teams’ loss margin.
If GU overcomes Dynamos, they will be the first team from Botswana to qualify for the group stages. The group stages are the most lucrative because there is a lot of money involved. Even if the team is in the group stages and does not make it to the finals they rake in millions of Dollars.