Mapeza wants early preps

HARARE - FC Platinum are not leaving any stone unturned as they prepare for the 2015 Africa Confederations Cup by lining up an early pre-season camp at the start of next month.

Norman Mapeza, who led the Platinum miners to a fourth place on the log table last season, said they are determined to make a mark in the tournament and would want to maximum on the little time they have to prepare.

The Platinum miners were paired against Kenyan side Sofapaka FC in the preliminary round of Africa’s second tier inter-club competition at a draw held on Monday.

The Zvishavane-based side won the ticket to represent Zimbabwe in the competition by winning the Chibuku Super Cup last season and will be the country’s sole representative in Africa next year.

Champions Dynamos pulled out of the African Champions League owing to a lack of resources.

FC Platinum will face Sofapaka away in the first leg during the weekend of February 13 and 15 while the second leg will be held in Zvishavane between February 27 and March 1.

A triumph for Platinum against Sofapaka in the preliminary round will see them meet the winner between Young Africans of Tanzania and Botswana Defence Forces XI in the first round of the tournament.

There is a strong possibility that Platinum could face Tunisian side Étoile du Sahel provided the North African outfit negotiates past their first round clashes, where they will face either Benfica de Luanda of Angola or Burundi’s Messenger Ngozi.

“We don’t want to take anything for granted,” Mapeza told Daily the News yesterday.

“We respect our opponents. What we need to is to make sure we are well prepared for the tournament. We are going to have early preparations; we will re-group during the first week of next month.

“It is important that we go far in the tournament and looking at the draw I think it’s very possible. The important thing, however, is to pay attention to every detail.”

The Platinum miners are currently making frantic efforts to tie down contracts with several players before the Caf player registration deadline.

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