History against FC Platinum

HARARE - FC Platinum will have to beat CAPS United away for the first time in their history if they are to step up their pursuit of the Castle Lager Premiership title this afternoon.

The platinum miners travel to the National Sports Stadium this afternoon with history firmly against the Zvishavane-based side.

Norman Mapeza’s side is currently in fourth place on the log with 39 points from 20 matches and trail leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars by four points.

A win by a two-goal margin will propel Pure Platinum Play to second place on the log with 42 points but that will be a huge task.

Since their promotion into the top flight league in 2011, FC Platinum have struggled to beat CAPS United.

Over the years, Makepekepe have enjoyed better fortunes when the two sides met.

The first meeting between the two ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the National Sports Stadium in May 2011 with the reverse fixture also ending with a 1-1 draw at Mandava Stadium.
The following season, Makepekepe completed the double over FC Platinum when they won the first match 3-1 in Harare before securing a 2-0 win in Zvishavane.

In 2014, the Green Machine maintained their dominance over FC Platinum winning the first game 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium while the reverse fixture ended in a 2-2 draw.

After three seasons of trying to get one over Makepekepe and failing, FC Platinum finally got it right when they beat the Harare side during their first meeting of 2014.

Pure Platinum Play defeated Makepekepe 2-1 at Mandava with Donald Ngoma and Qadr Amini on target for the home side.

The second fixture ended in a goalless draw in Harare.

In 2015, Makepekepe won the first match 1-0 in the capital with the second meeting ending in a 1-1 draw in Zvishavane.
Last year, both sides cancelled themselves each other as they played out goalless draws in the two matches they met.

With only one win over Makepekepe in their last 12 meetings, the platinum miners must be dreading the sight of the Green Machine especially when the fixture is in the capital.

With Ngezi Platinum seemingly threatening to break away from the chasing pack with the way they have been constantly collecting maximum points, Mapeza and his charges cannot afford a slip-up today.

Having picked up four wins in their last five matches, FC Platinum will be confident of getting that first away win over Makepekepe.

The reigning champions come into this match low on confidence as they only have one win in their last seven league matches.

Last week, Makepekepe were on course to secure only their fifth win of the season when they curved in allowing Tsholotsho to equalise from the spot five minutes from time at Luveve Stadium.

Due to their poor run of form, Makepekepe come into today’s match in 16th place on the log with 18 points.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s side do however, has at least six matches in hand which accrued due to their participation in the African Champions League.

Despite their inconstant form, Makepekepe will take confidence from their good record against FC Platinum.

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