Mapeza relaxed ahead of Yanga clash

HARARE - FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says he is not feeling any pressure as he prepares for his team’s trip to Tanzania to face Young Africans in the Confederation Cup first round on Sunday.

The platinum miners, who are the country’s only representatives in Africa, are enjoying a fairytale run in the tournament having beaten Kenya’s Sofapaka 4-2 on aggregate in the preliminary stage.

They registered identical 2-1 wins in Kenya and at Mandava.

FC Platinum are sched- uled to leave for the East African country on Friday hoping to put up an impressive show in their bid to qualify for the mini league stages.

“There is one thing about me; personally I don’t believe in pressure,” Mapeza told the Daily News yesterday.

“Most of the time, I try to psyche my players to enjoy the game and give it their best shot. We are going there to play our normal game.”

Mapeza added: “We have very little knowledge about them but we are going there to get a positive result. “The important thing for us is to get a good result that will increase our chances of progressing to the next round.”

Young Africans progressed to the second round of the competition after beating BDF of Botswana 3-2 on aggregate and Mapeza is not underestimating their opponents.

“We are not expecting an easy match of course.

“They are a good side and we have respect for them. They would obviously want to win,” added Mapeza.

The platinum miners retained the core of the team that did duty last season where they finished fourth on the log table while adding three new faces.

Midfielder Wellington Kamudyariwa who was signed from Shabanie Mine, Nigel Papias who has been promoted from the juniors and highly-rated midfielder Brian Muzondiwa, who impressed at Black Rhinos last year are the only new notable players.

The Chibuku Super Cup winners, who are making a return on the continental scene, should fancy their chances of progressing to the next round of the competition when they face Young Africans.

The Zvishavane-based side took part in the 2012 Caf Champions League, a year after winning promotion and finished second to eventual champions DeMbare on goal difference, but were knocked out in the second round after losing 0-3 to El Merreikh of Sudan.