Gallants jet off to Central Africa for CAF journey

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South Africa’s CAF Confederation Cup representatives Marumo Gallants will depart for Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday afternoon as they begin their historic journey in continental football.

Gallants qualified for the CAF interclub competition after winning the 2021 Nedbank cup, before they changed their name from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

They will play their first preliminary round match against Futuro Kings on Saturday, 11 September at Estadio de Mongomo.

Their opponents are not a completely strange team to Gallants, as their new signing Sibusiso Kumalo played for them last season while assistant coach Jean-Francois Losciuto also played against the club while he was in charge at Carno Sport.

Chairman of the club Abram Sello insists they are positive of coming back with a victory as they taste CAF competition football for the first time.

“We are really excited, but also nervous. First time going out (for CAF Competitions),” said Sello.

“There are number of challenges because we are going to a very tricky country, Equatorial Guinea. Their logistics are very difficult but we are up for that and we are defiantly going to come back with the result.

“We have been preparing so let it be it and let’s come back with the result,” he said.

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Felipe Ovono is also part of the Futuro Kings after joining in 2020.

The club was only formed in 2017.

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By Ofhani Munyai