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By Mugove Chigada / Published on Friday, 23 Dec 2016 15:09 PM / No Comments / 823 views

23 December 2016

Tonderai Ndiraya
Tonderai Ndiraya

NGEZI Platinum are leaving no stone unturned as they seek to get their team firing from all cylinders.

Their coach Tonderai Ndiraya was recently at University of Pretoria for an attachment under Shaun Bartlett while also getting notes on conditioning of players.

Ndiraya was accompanied by his fitness trainer.

The Chibuku Super Cup champions face Pamplenousses of Mauritius in the preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

If they qualify for the next stage they face Libolo of Angola in what will be a difficult assignment for them.

Ndiraya said they needed to get all the details right before they can plunge into the African Safari.

“Basically my visit to South Africa was for an attachment at University of Pretoria under Bartlett. It was about getting to know how they condition their players and how he prepares his team for a game.

“So I had my fitness trainer so he could also pick some notes. We believe the University is one of the best in Southern Africa when it comes to issues of physical training and player conditioning. So it was really a good attachment,” Ndiraya said.

The Former Dynamos coach said the club was doing all in their power to make sure they are fully prepared for Africa.

“It was a very fruitful time for us and the club played a very big role in ensuring that this was a success.

We really appreciate the support.”

The young coach is not new to African club football, having been Kalisto Pasuwa’s assistant at Dynamos for at least two seasons when they played in the CAF Champions league.

He will know what to expect when Ngezi Platinum Stars travel to Mauritius on the weekend of 10-12 February for the first leg. The reverse fixture will be on the weekend of 17-19 February.

The club will resume serious preparations on December 28 after the Christmas break which started on Wednesday.

“We had to break but on that date we start serious preparations. We are yet to confirm if we will travel to any neighbouring country for pre-season. But I’m sure by the time we go for the first round, we will be better prepared,” he said.

The Ngezi coach he was not yet in a position to talk about his new recruits.

“I think the management is doing a good job. I’m not yet briefed on the exact stage they are concerning the recruitment of the players. I know they are more than 50 percent through the process but it will be best to leave it to them

“We have some exciting young players with not much experience so if we can get some players with experience, we will create better balance. But otherwise we are ready to work hard and compete against the very best,” said Ndiraya.

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