FC Platinum against the odds

HARARE - FC Platinum have never steered far from controversy since breaking onto the topflight scene six years ago — with an almost stubborn feeling that it has always been  them against the world.

It’s a persona that is carried by Norman Mapeza as well as the club’s executive who believe society looks upon them with scorn.

The attacks have not been entirely unprovoked and were ignited when they broke onto the scene riding on the moniker Kugona Kunenge Kudada.

The masses easily translated Platinum players’ affluent lifestyles and the club’s huge appetite to spend on the transfer market to mean cash rich and therefore Money Bags was born.

But the societal repercussions forced the club to rechristen themselves to a more modest Pure Platinum Play.

But if ever they had a chance to perhaps gain a measure of retribution it would be this Saturday when the glare of the country will be firmly fixed between Gweru and Bulawayo.

Mapeza’s charges who led for the better part of this enthralling title race go into the last day of the season trailing CAPS United by two points and need an outright win against Tsholotsho.

They travel to Tsholotsho praying that Makepekepe, who will be away to Chapungu, lose or draw to spark wild celebrations in Zvishavane of a first PSL title win since promotion in 2011.

It seems like a tricky script to accomplish but then again the platinum miners have always had their backs against the wall for one strange thing or another.

A double over Highlanders has blown the wind in their sails and that the Air Force of Zimbabwe side lurk dangerously in the relegation zone, gives them hope that the job can be done.

Chapungu are fourth from bottom with 32 points and need to beat United while hoping results elsewhere go their way to cement their place in the premiership,  saving themselves the agony of waiting to see how the relegation controversy unfolds.

Platinum have already shown resolve to rise above insurmountable odds with Charles Sibanda and Winston Mhango, twice , Nqobizitha Masuku, Elvis Moyo and Wellington Kamudyariwa escaping life threatening accidents which left football lovers, neutrals and critics alike rallying behind them for their recovery.

They will certainly draw inspiration from Zifa Southern Region Division One champions Bantu Rovers who came good on the last day of the season to edge Amagagasi in Victoria Falls 1-0 to put themselves on course to the Premiership.

Bantu went into the game trailing Bulawayo Chiefs by two points but the latter was held by Ntabazinduna 1-1 to end the season on equal points with Bantu winning on goal difference. Bantu had a goal difference of 34 against Chiefs’ 28 goals.

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