FC Platinum backs Mapeza

HARARE - FC Platinum are not pressing the panic button yet despite succumbing to their third defeat inside five Castle Premiership matches.

While the performance by the platinum miners cannot be viewed as a disaster at this stage of the campaign, their inconsistency which has seen them being knocked out of the Caf Confederations Cup in the first round and on the 11th position on the table has raised questions about their title credentials.

Mapeza is under growing pressure from the club’s supporters and their 2-1 defeat against City on Wednesday did not go down well with the team’s fans who threatened to beat him.

The Zvishavane side are struggling to find the form that saw them finish fourth last season with only one win, a draw and three defeats in their opening five matches to the season.

However, the club’s spokesperson Chido Chizondo said it is still early to worry.

“It is premature for us to press the panic button yet. I think our form is being affected by our participation in the African Safari,” Chizondo said.

“We are confident that our coach (Norman Mapeza) will find a winning formula and we cannot blame the coach in these early stages of the season.

“We played only five games so far and we still have many games to play so we cannot complain at this stage.”

Chizondo called for the club’s fans to be more patient with the team.

“We encourage our fans not to lose hope in our previous results, we created a lot of chances but it’s unfortunate that we failed to utilise them which is very normal in football, everything will be well soon,” added Chizondo.

FC Platinum face newboys Whawha at Ascot Stadium tomorrow with Mapeza urging his side to soldier on.

“We need to soldier on it’s a rough terrain but we need to go back to Zvishavane and start working on our next fixture and hoping to register a positive result,” Mapeza said after their match against Harare City.

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