'Platinum will bounce back'

HARARE - FC Platinum assistant coach Tendai Chikuni has insisted his side will bounce back from their two back-to-back Castle Premiership defeats in quest for their first league title.

Platinum’s billing as serious title contenders was given weight by their early season form, winning their first four games of the term before losing their way in recent weeks.

The platinum miners surrendered pole position of the league when they lost 1-0 and 2-1 to Hwange and CAPS United in their last two games, hot-on-the-heels of two draws with Monomotapa and Highlanders.

“It’s a phase which is going to pass, what we need is to instil confidence in our boys,” Chikuni told the Daily News yesterday.

 “The boys did not play well for the past five matches, but you know what, we have young players who are still learning each other’s game. We are happy guys are now gelling. I am sure we will bounce back sooner than expected.

 “After last weekend’s match, we told the boys that it’s not the end, we are still here. We are not under any pressure. Unfortunately, football is all about results so we are working hard to build a strong team.”

Chikuni, who deputises Zambian Tenant Chilumba at the Midlands outfit, however admitted that further loss of points will prove detrimental to Platinum’s hunt for their maiden championship in their three-year top-flight stay.

 “Dynamos started slowly but look where they are now,” he said. “I think this year’s competition is very stiff, but I want to urge our supporters to remain patient.”

Meanwhile, Platinum will host Harare City at Mandava Stadium at the weekend hoping to get their campaign back on the rails.

 “We are ready to face Harare City, we have put the CAPS United game behind us and are aiming to bounce back to winning ways. You know Harare City are also playing well, the match will be tough, but we are looking to get all the points.” - Blessings Mashaya

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