Ex-Glamour Boy rallies DeMbare

HARARE - While most people are already touting FC Platinum as the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership champions-designate, former Dynamos utility player Thomas Magorimbo believes otherwise.

With only one game to go before the season comes to an end this Saturday, FC Platinum are in first place on the log with 69 points.

DeMbare is the only side that can catch the platinum miners as they sit on second place with 67 points.

FC Platinum only need to beat Chapungu this weekend at Ascot Stadium to be crowned champions regardless of the outcome of the result in the match between DeMbare and Chicken Inn.

A win over Chapungu will take Norman Mapeza’s side to an unassailable 72 points with Dynamos only able to amass 70 points in the event that they beat the Gamecocks.

However, in the past Dynamos have been in such scenarios but still managed to claw their way out of impossible situations to win the league title.

Magorimbo was part of that legendary DeMbare side that won four consecutive league titles between 2011 and 2014.

That Glamour Boys side under Kalisto Pasuwa had to do it the hard way as they won the title on goal difference ahead of FC Platinum (2011) and Highlanders (2012 and 2013).

“Dynamos still have a good chance of winning the title although a lot of people have already written them off,” Magorimbo told the Daily News.

“They just need to remain positive and make sure they beat Chicken Inn because you never know what will happen between FC Platinum and Chapungu.”

Magorimbo, who moved to ZPC Kariba in 2015 after a glittering spell with the Glamour Boys, believes Chapungu will give FC Platinum a tough run.

“Chapungu is not an easy fixture especially when they are at Ascot and I’m sure they wouldn’t want to end their season on a losing note,” he said.

“However, what is important is for DeMbare to beat Chicken Inn because what might happen is that FC Platinum will drop points at Ascot but that result will be irrelevant if Dynamos do not win.”

After a brief turbulent few weeks in which the Glamour Boys were rocked by indiscipline from star midfielder Denver Mukamba and defender Lincoln Zvasiya shortly before the Ngezi Platinum Stars match, Magorimbo reckons stability has returned to the team.

Mukamba was given a final warning for missing training sessions while Zvasiya’s contract was terminated for the same offence.

“If you look at their recent form after those shenanigans by the two players, I think coach Lloyd Mutasa has managed to handle the situation well and restored team spirit back into the team,” he said.

“Look they were able to go to Bulawayo and collected six crucial points after beating Bulawayo City and Bantu Rovers to maintain the pressure on FC Platinum.”

With almost everyone ruling out DeMbare this weekend, Magorimbo had a word of advice to the current squad ahead of their game against the Gamecocks.

“During our time at Dynamos, we used to sit down as players and rally each other when our backs were against the wall,” he said.

“Sometimes the coaches didn’t need to say a thing as we just realised that it was important for us to stay as a unit because ultimately you play football to win matches and get the winning bonuses to feed your family."

Although he still backs his former team to do the unthinkable and win the league this weekend, Magorimbo admitted that FC Platinum have evolved as a team.

“When we beat FC Platinum to the title in 2011 it was a matter of us having more experience than them at that time,” he said.

“Right now I think they have come a long way as a team and they now have that experience. The fact that they were able to complete a double over DeMbare this season speaks volumes of their character.”

Comments (2)

that is his opinion,but Shabanie shocked the country with a sweet victory over Dynamos in Harare at the urn of the millenium. FC Platinum can cpy that achievement by Shabanie and make the Midlands proud to be the first province to win it outside of Harare and Bulawayo

Shabanie - 24 November 2017

Shabanie shocked the country with a sweet victory over Dynamos in Harare at the turn of the millenium in a cup final. FC Platinum can copy that achievement by Shabanie and make the Midlands Province proud to be the first province to win it other than Harare and Bulawayo.

Shabanie - 24 November 2017

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