Mapeza on a mission

BULAWAYO - FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has revealed that he is on a mission to build a formidable side that will challenge for honours on the domestic football fraternity.

Mapeza, who had a rather slow start to life in Zvishavane when he took over from Lloyd Mutasa in 2014, is confident of the team he has assembled.

At one point, the club’s fans wanted the former Warriors captain to be sacked after the platinum miners began the 2015 season on a bad note.

Mapeza, however, quickly restored the winning formula to the Zvishavane side as they went on to challenge Chicken Inn all the way to the title.

FC Platinum finished last season in second place behind the Gamecocks but they had won the hearts of many with the high tempo passing game they had employed throughout the season.

Pure Platinum Play at one stage went on a 21-match unbeaten run as they battled for the title against the Gamecocks.

This season, the platinum miners have already started the season in fine style with two consecutive wins overs Tsholotsho and Highlanders in the league.

With the way they have started the new season, there is no doubt FC Platinum will be a major contender for the important silverware this season again.

And Mapeza is fully aware of the potential in his squad.

“We are on a mission; ever since I came to the club it was my mission to show people this is how football can be played,” Mapeza said after his side lost to Highlanders on penalties in the semi-finals of the Independence Cup last Saturday.

The platinum miners were a completely different team from the one that had defeated Bosso in the league a few days earlier.

The second string FC Platinum side completely controlled the game as they bossed possession while Highlanders struggled for rhythm.

“It shows again the depth we have in the squad that we can go far. We just leave everything to God, we hope things will go our way as time goes on,” Mapeza said of his second string side.

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