By Jafferson Ndhlovu,
Caps United FC arrived in Tunisia to a hostile reception. But to those familiar with these mind games on African continent its nothing new.
Infact most visitors these days leave their bases ready for these hostilities.
They arrived in Tunisia and were wasted after the officials could not grant them entry visas. Reports say only granted entry after Caps officials threatened to contact CAF. Had their passports only stamped.
Though the match against Libyan opponents AL Ahli Tripoli is being played on a neutral ground in Tunisia, it defies logical why Caps had to endue a 3 hour wait at the airport to get visas in Tunisia. One would expect that to happen had the match been held in Libya. The role of Tunisian authorities in this whole saga is strange.
It never ended there, after finally entering the country CAPS United had to endue two and half hours road trip to the town of Sfax where the match will take place. Sfax is almost 266km
AL Ahli Tripoli has been forced to play their CAF matches away from home due to security concerns in Libya. But that has not deterred them from posting impressive results.
In week three of this round robin they beat Caps at their home ground 4-2 in Harare. Its this scoreline and three points that Caps will be hoping to reverse and get back on trap to qualify for the next round.
The Green Machine Gaffer Llyod Chitembwe was out busy rallying his troops to keep their eyes on the prize and forget the reception hostilities.
Chitembwe urged his boys to use the airport debacle as stimulant to succeed.
“Don’t be disturbed by the mind games, focus on the game and show you are not in the group stages by chance Chitembwe, is quoted by the Herald.
The game kicks off tonight at 23.00 Zimbabwean time.