After their dreams of defending the Mascom Top 8 were shattered by Township Rollers last weekend, Jwaneng Galaxy have shifted their focus to the CAF Confederation Cup.
Galaxy, who qualified for the continental competition by virtue of last season’s Top 8 triumph, face Mozambique’s Costa do Sol in what will be the diamond town’s first ever international fixture.
The local lads’ African adventure begins on Friday, in the Mozambican capital Maputo, where Costa do Sol’s 10, 000 capacity stadium is located.
Galaxy will then host ‘Canarinhos’ in Jwaneng for the return leg, with the winners going through to face either Cape Town City or Swaziland’s Young Buffaloes in the next round.
Speaking to Voice Sport this week, Galaxy Coach Matshidiso Moseki revealed the club were targeting the group stages, which are currently three teams and six games away.
He stressed that scoring away goals would be crucial and could prove the key to progressing to the first-round proper.
“We are anticipating a tough encounter especially that we will be away from home but I believe my boys will represent the country well. We are going to fight with all we have to score goals so that we can wrap up the game when we are home.
“Our team has quality players who can bring results,” stressed a supremely confident Moseki, whose optimism remained undiminished despite last Friday’s semi-final disappointment, when the controversial ‘away’ goals rule meant Galaxy were dumped out of the Top 8 having been forced to play their ‘home’ game in Lobatse.
“We are new in this competition, it will be our biggest test but we do not want to put our players under too much pressure,” continued Moseki, adding that if his troops execute their game plan well, Costa do Sol will be ‘humiliated at home’.