Sweswe hopes to extend Platinum stay

HARARE – FC Platinum assistant coach Lizwe Sweswe is hoping to extend his stay at the Zvishavane-based side following their Castle Lager Premiership title triumph.

Norman Mapeza’s side made history by becoming the first team from outside Harare or Bulawayo to win the title since independence when they finished the season on 72 points, two ahead of second-placed Dynamos.

However, Sweswe, who joined Pure Platinum Play at the start of the 2017 season, only signed a one-year contract until the end of December.

“With what we have achieved here, first and foremost I would like to thank God for making the goal possible...maybe I just added one or two things because the institution was well-ran and even now everything is OK,” Sweswe told the Daily News.

“We achieved this dream as a unit...I only signed a one-year contract...I will see how it goes from here since we have won the championship maybe they still want my involvement, I’m still willing to stay.

“I just felt it was a good move that I did moving from Tsholotsho and coming here. It’s good making history with the Midlanders because for 51 years this legue hasn’t been won by any club outside Harare or Bulawayo.

“I have always wanted to win something for the Midlands because that’s where I come from and that’s where I was born.”

Lizwe Sweswe

Lizwe Sweswe

FC Platinum chairman Evans Mthombeni said at the moment they will enjoy their milestone and will soon start contract negotiations with coaches and players whose deals are coming to an end this year.

“We have not reached the point of addressing contracts that are running out at the moment. We also have players whose contracts will be running out on December 31 which will be looked into in the coming weeks but certainly what is beyond doubt is that they have done a very good job and we are proud of them,” Mthombeni said.

“We are overwhelmed with joy and happiness and a sense of fulfilment. It has been a long wait, since 2011.

“It’s a good moment for everyone with the FC Platinum family and hopefully we will also have a good campaign in the Champions League.”

Meanwhile, Sweswe is disappointed that his former club Tsholotsho was relegated after a three-year stay in the top flight.

“Unfortunately for the project which I started in Matabeleland North with Tsholotsho they have been relegated,” he said.

“I feel the pain, I know the pain and I feel for them. I worked for the club since it was in Division Two.

“I got them promoted to Division One; I got them promoted to the Premier League.

“I worked there for two seasons, groomed a lot of players and some of them are playing in the Absa Premiership in South Africa and others in the PSL here.

“Unfortunately, when I left it was because something had not gone well maybe with the management and the way they were running the club.”