Mapeza wants perfect finish

HARARE - Norman Mapeza believes pursuing an 80 point mark may be the best way to keep his FC Platinum players focused in the final two matches of the Castle Lager Premiership season.

The Zvishavane-based side clinched their second successive title with two matches remaining and will be presented their trophy this afternoon at Mandava Stadium at the end of their match against rivals Ngezi Platinum Stars, who will finish the season as runners-up.

FC Platinum was granted their request to have the crowning ceremony at their home ground today since their last match of the season will be an away tie to Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.

Mapeza appears to be concerned that his squad’s performance levels will drop, now that they effectively have only pride left to play for this term, which is why he feels setting a target of 80 points for his team, who are currently on 74 points, is useful.

“Our objective is to get to the 80 point mark. We need to get a positive result against Ngezi so that we stay on course to achieve our goal,” Mapeza said ahead of today’s match.

FC Platinum will need to cut their celebrations short and shift attention to the Caf Champions League where they were drawn to face Malagasy side CNaPS Sport in the preliminary round and could as well use their remaining two matches as preparatory games.

Mapeza’s side will travel to Miarinarivo for the first leg set for November 27 or 28 with the second leg scheduled for Mandava Stadium on December 4 or 5.

Should FC Platinum get past the Malagasy side, they will proceed to the final qualifying round where Angolan giants Primeiro de Agosto or Congolese champions AS Otoho will await them.

In the relegation fight, Nichrut risk being relegated tomorrow if they fail to pick maximum points against Triangle at Gibbo Stadium.

Nichrut occupy the last relegation slot with 33 points from 32 matches and need to win their remaining two matches while at the same time praying results elsewhere go their way.

With 33 points, Nichrut can only finish with a maximum 39 points and for them to survive they are praying Chapungu and Bulawayo Chiefs lose their remaining two matches.

Chapungu are on 37 points while Chiefs are on 38 with Yadah on 39 points.

Chapungu only need three points from their two remaining matches while for Bulawayo Chiefs two points will be enough to see them play top flight football once again next season.

This weekend, Chapungu host Yadah while Chiefs play Highlanders in a local derby.

Fixtures

Today: FC Platinum v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Mandava),  Herentals v Chicken Inn (National Sports Stadium), Bulawayo City v CAPS United (Barbourfields), Harare City v ZPC Kariba (Rufaro),

Tomorrow: Bulawayo Chiefs v  Highlanders (Barbourfields),  Dynamos v Mutare City Rovers (Rufaro),  Triangle United v Nichrut (Gibbo), Black Rhinos v Shabanie Mine (National Sports Stadium), Chapungu v Yadah (Ascot)

Comments (2)

Platinum fc must learn to do well in the Africa Champions League competition.They have proved to the best team in Zimbabwe at the moment.They must take their dominance to ACL competition.

wise - 21 November 2018

Platinum fc must learn to do well in the Africa Champions League competition.They have proved to be the best team in Zimbabwe at the moment.They must take their dominance to ACL competition.

widzo - 21 November 2018

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