Pressure mounts on Mapeza

HARARE - After a rather frustrating start to their 2015 Premiership season, pressure seems to be mounting on FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza.

The 1-0 defeat on Sunday to CAPS United put more pressure on the coach, who has now overseen a three-match winless streak in the previous two weeks.

The platinum miners faltered in their opening match of the season when they were held to a 2-2 draw by newly promoted side Dongo Sawmills.

In the match against the league debutants, FC Platinum were lucky to escape a draw after Donald Ngoma scored deep into injury time to secure a point.

Their opening two league matches against Dongo and CAPS United came hard on the heels of their Africa Confederation Cup first leg 5-1 mauling at the hands of Tanzanian side Young Africans.

This weekend, Yanga will be travelling to Zvishavane for the second leg at a time when the platinum miner’s form is very not up to the required standard.

Speaking after the defeat to CAPS on Sunday, it was clear that Mapeza frustrated by his side’s poor showing in recent weeks.

“It happens in football, we just need to keep working hard,” Mapeza said.

“We lacked in the final third, we created some descent chances but we could not score. Its football we need to work hard and hope we get positive results in our next assignments.

“Remember these are first matches of the season, we just need to work and redeem ourselves in our future matches.”

The ambitious platinum miners have in the past reacted hastily by chopping and changing their coaches whenever their team has gone on a bad run.

Mapeza’s men now face a mammoth task to progress to the final qualifying round of Africa Confederation Cup as they now need to score five unanswered goals in the return leg at Mandava Stadium this weekend.

There is no doubt that FC Platinum will be humiliated by Yanga if they repeat he performance they showed in Dar es Salaam and the National Sports Stadium.

Especially against CAPS, Mapeza’s men were lethargic as they were content with hogging possession but never really threatened Victor Twaliki’s goal.

But while all the early pressure is on the Mapeza, it might be too early to write off the former Zimbabwe captain and his side.

During his time with Monomotapa in 2008, Mapeza lost his opening four matches before guiding the team to their maiden Zimbabwean championship that same season.

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