Platinum: Where it all went wrong

HARARE - One of the saddest stories of the 2012 Castle Premiership season is, to many neutrals, the decline of FC Platinum to a weekly punching bag, merely a season after losing the league championship on goal difference, only in their debut top flight season.

Platinum’s entrance onto the top flight scene last season was filled with glitz and glamour, and with abundant resources at their disposal and a great club vision at its inception, the Zvishavane-based miners really threatened to gate-crash the party of Zimbabwean football’s elite.

For the most financially- stable football club in the country, it’s hard to put a finger on the problem bedevilling Platinum.

But one thing is for certain; the club’s former coach, Rahman Gumbo, left the team worse than they were before and should shoulder the blame for the current state of affairs at the club.

The club gave Rahman the benefit of doubt last season after his excuse, which seemed quite plausible at the time, that he failed to land the league title because he inherited a team from his predecessor, the late Benjamin Moyo.

When he finally got the cheque book at the beginning of the current season, Rahman was guilty of signing the wrong group of players.

Two months after sacking Gumbo, the club is still reeling from the effects of their former coach’s poor performance on the transfer market.

A simple lesson to aspiring football coaches; when you build a team, you try to select the best team, not necessarily the best players.

You sign players according to the needs of the team.

There are certain positions you must look at and specific areas, not buying players just for the sake of it.

You don’t simply go on a buying spree and gather the best individual players in the country, who might well then constitute an unbalanced side due to their similar roles.

Besides, players react differently to different environments.

If you take Murape Murape out of Dynamos and put him in another team — without that Dynamos boyhood devotion which keeps him going even when his best days are clearly behind him, without those Vietnam die hards who lift him at Rufaro and make him believe he can still go on — he will be a misfit.    

These factors were not adequately taken into consideration by Platinum at the beginning of the season.

Hopefully, big lessons have been learnt and Platinum will re-emerge next season as the force they vowed to be at their inception and usher in a new “giant” in Zimbabwean football.

I would regard that as good for the game.

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