Platinum, Tsholotsho date with destiny

HARARE - FC Platinum and Tsholotsho find themselves in a similar predicament they were at this time of the year last season but Lizwe Sweswe, the Bulawayo side’s coach, believes the team from Zvishavane are more under pressure than they are.

“We have been in this situation before, surviving relegation right on the last day, last season and my boys are used to this.

“We have also been fighting to survive the whole season round and pressure lies on Platinum who want to win the championship,” Sweswe told the Daily News yesterday.

“They are a good side, they are the best team in the premiership so far this season and it’s always good to beat a good side and also a positive sign to end the season on a high.”

Sweswe also said his side is not worried at the internecine fights going on between the Premier Soccer League and Zifa over the number of teams to be relegated, adding that both houses are professionals and would stick to what they agreed on at the beginning of the season.

“We haven’t let that talk overshadow our battle for survival.

“Those guys are professionals and I know they will stick to whatever they agreed on at the beginning of the season,” Sweswe added.

Last season, Kugona kunenge kudada — as FC Platinum are known — were looking for an outright win in their match against CAPS United to force the Premiership to go the wire but a 1-1 draw against Makepekepe ended their hopes of putting their hands onto the trophy.

Iziqholo Ze Zhwane, on the other hand,  needed at least a point to survive the dreaded chop and a goal from Kriess Chitiyo that was later cancelled out by Harare City’s Kudakwashe Kumwala was enough for Tsholotsho to remain in the premiership.

This time both sides meet in the decisive encounter which has a bearing on the league — Platinum seek to collect maximum points and hope CAPS United falters in Gweru against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium.

Tsholotsho will also be hoping to upstage Pure Platinum Play and also hoping that Mutare City Rowers fall to Ngezi Platinum Stars at Baobab Stadium.

Tsholotsho are in 14th position with 26 points, the same number as Mutare but enjoy a superior goal difference of -12 compared to their compatriots’ -17 meaning a draw for both sides will be to the Bulawayo’s side advantage.

Sweswe believes they have mastered the art of surviving relegation, having escaped right on the last day last season.

“We are not under any pressure to getting into this match with FC Platinum chasing for the title. We are only concerned with surviving relegation and as such, we will be taking care of our own processes with the hope of achieving our intended goal,” Sweswe said.

“It will not be an easy match though because both sides having contrasting goals and to me, whoever wants the result most will triumph at the end of the 90 minutes.

Mapeza has played down talk of snatching the title from CAPS United on the final day.

“We have a project that we are running at FC Platinum, we are building an empire and I am a part of that process so for people to say that we choked when we are gradually producing results is a bit misplaced. I’m happy with our achievements and we are looking forward to our last match against Tsholotsho,” Mapeza said.

Comments (1)

feel sorry for yuh mapezah.....caps magafa yatora mukombe

turah - 25 November 2016

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