We're not panicking - Mapeza

HARARE - While most of their Premiership rival clubs are running around reinforcing their squads, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza insists he is content with the players at his disposal for next season.

The platinum miners narrowly lost out on the title to CAPS United finishing the season only two points behind the Green Machine.

Mapeza’s side also went all the way to the final of the Chibuku Super Cup before losing 3-1 to newly-promoted Ngezi Platinum Stars. 

Since their promotion into the title flight in 2011, the Zvishavane-based side have normally flexed their muscle in the transfer market by swooping on the best talent on the domestic scene and even from across the borders.

At times, FC Platinum raffled feathers with the way they flaunted their riches and quickly earned the moniker “Money Bags” for the way they let loose their purse strings when it came to signing players.

However, since Mapeza was appointed midway through the 2014 season, Pure Platinum Play have changed their policy in the transfer window opting for a more parsimonious approach of going after young and talented players with potential to improve.

This current transfer window is the same for Mapeza as he is plotting not to tinker much with his squad as they plan to launch another serious title challenge in 2017.

Mapeza saw a lot of positives and does not need to freshen up his squad, insisting he is happy with his players.

“I’m very happy with my squad and we are only working on retaining our players,” Mapeza told the Daily News yesterday.

“Of course, if something happens and a player gets offered or we see a player that is free that we think could fit well into the team, then there is that possibility.

“But certainly I’m satisfied with the squad. We have got players who can give us that extra lift in certain positions.

“We are still a team in progress, we have to improve a lot in certain aspects, but we want to be there to compete and be a contender in this league next season.”

Reflecting on his team’s 2016 performance, Mapeza while, disappointed on missing the league title, he feels it has been a success for his team.

“As a coach I think it was a good season,” Mapeza said.

“We went to the final of the Chibuku Super Cup and we also finished second on the log table and that on its own I would like to believe was a success.

“We also provided three players to the calendar (Petros Mhari, Walter Musona and Winston Mhango) and I think it’s something our club can be proud of.

“People will always have different interpretations but to me we had a good season. It’s not a secret that we also wanted to win the league but couldn’t and we can now try to rectify that next season.”

While Mapeza is trying to keep his cards close to his chest regarding news signings, the club is, however, on the verge of signing winger Talent Chawapihwa from ZPC Kariba.

FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo said: “I cannot confirm that we have signed that player. When we have finalised our process, we will let you know. We are yet to finalise as there are technical issues that are yet to be resolved.”

The club is also in the race to sign DeMbare midfielder Brett Amidu but have to fend off the challenge of CAPS United.

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