Mutasa challenges Platinum players

ZVISHAVANE – New FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa has called for a show of character from his players if they are to remain in the hunt for the title this year.

Mutasa got a rude awakening on Sunday when his charges were outclassed 2-0 by a supercharged Black Rhinos at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma.

The former Dynamos coach, who began his reign at the platinum miners with a 3-1 win over Highlanders in a penalty shootout in the BancABC Supr8 last week, saw his team fail to close in on log leaders Harare City when they put up a lifeless performance against the army side on Sunday.

FC Platinum dropped to sixth place on the Castle Premiership log with 26 points, five behind the Sunshine Boys.

Mutasa had hoped for a perfect start in the league but his script went horribly wrong when Rhinos came out guns blazing leaving Platinum to chase shadows for the better part of the game.

But the Warriors assistant coach said losing is part of the game and what is needed is for the players to stand up and be counted.

“We need to show character and rise from this defeat,” said Mutasa. “We lost and its part of the game. We are in a three point system and if you lose you don’t need to mourn eternally, you only need to pick yourselves up and win the following fixtures.

“Its early days to talk about clear cut contenders in the title race because a number of clubs are still in with equal chance.”

Mutasa, who took over from Tenant Chilumba last month said the defeat though painful avails them with a chance to work on grey areas as the second half of the season gets underway.

“The defeat was a wakeup call for us because we did not play our normal game; primarily this could have been that some of the players failed to rise to the game because they underrated Rhinos,” he said.

The platinum miners struggled with their game lacking fluidity going forward and it was also made worse by the bumpy Rimuka turf.

The absence of lively winger Ali Sadiki was hugely felt as wingers Charles Sibanda and Donald Ngoma were off form.

Rhinos, who seems to have adjusted to playing at the venue, resorted to long balls which Platinum failed to cope with.

Platinum’s miserable afternoon was capped by an own goal from Thabani Kamusoko, who beat his own goalkeeper in an attempt to clear a harmless looking cross from Lot Chiwunga on the left.

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