Mapeza to conclude transfer deals early

HARARE - FC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza wants his side to conclude their transfer business early as they seek to assemble a formidable side ahead of the 2018 African Champions League deadline this month.

The platinum miners will represent Zimbabwe in next year’s Champions League after winning their maiden Castle Lager Premiership title.

Mapeza wants to secure all his transfer targets ahead of the Caf player registration deadline which falls on December 31.

Defender Lawrence Mhlanga, who was subjected to a protracted wrangle between Pure Platinum Play and Chicken Inn, could finally be available to play for the Zvishavane-based side after spending the entire 2017 season in the terraces.

While Mapeza is keeping his cards close to his chest Ngezi Platinum Stars utility player Liberty Chakoroma is believed to be on his way to join the champions.

Norman Mapeza

FC Platinum coach - Norman Mapeza

Chakoroma’s contract with Ngezi expires at the end of the year and the former Warriors defender was at Mandava Stadium during the Castle Challenge Cup as if to suggest a deal is close.

“We are expecting some of our players to leave. There are some few guys whose contracts are coming to an end at the end of the year. But we expect to be done with our transfer business before Christmas,” Mapeza told the Daily News.

“We want to tie down those whom we want early to avoid late signings.”

Mapeza also emphasised the importance of thorough preparations if they are to make a mark in Africa.    

Pure Platinum Play have a tough act to follow after CAPS United reached the group stages of the Champions League this year.

“If we are going to add players we need to make sure that we bring players that add value to the club, players that can take the team to the next level.

“We want at least two competent players in each position. Remember we should prepare ourselves with the domestic league in mind. It’s not easy balancing the domestic campaign and the Champions League and if we are to rely on the same squad then we will be in for it especially if we are to make it to the group stages in Africa. So we need quality players. For us it will be good if we can reach the group stages of the Champions League.”