Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
DEFENDING champions FC Platinum are among the active teams in this busy transfer window, bringing in eleven new players, but coach Pieter de Jongh still wants more.
De Jongh said he is working on assembling a team to beat in the domestic league.
He is building a force that will compete better at continental level following poor runs in the previous three years.
The players that have arrived at Mandava include Ralph Kawondera, Donald Dzvinyai, Stanely Ngala, Last Jesi, Nomore Chinyerere, Denzel Khumalo, Goodwill Gwara, Silas Songani, Felly Mulumba, Ellie Ilunga and Future Sibanda.
This, according to de Jongh, is sign they are on a mission.
“We are going to bring two more signings in the next 14 days. We did quite well on the market and I am very happy with the transfers so far,” said de Jongh.
Could this be panic driven since Dynamos, CAPS United and Ngezi Platinum have been busy on the market, bringing in significant numbers?
De Jongh says he is not worried about that.
Rather, the Dutch tactician commended the teams for the signings saying it will make the league competitive.
“I have been reading it in the media that different clubs are bringing a lot of players. That is good for the league and overall good for football in Zimbabwe.
“I am totally not worried because we have a good selection and in combination with my experience and qualities as a coach, we can beat any team in the league,” he said.
The former Highlanders coach said he is targeting to bring more success at the Zvishavane side, with focus on the African safari.
The well-travelled coach wants to clinch every trophy that comes their way.
“I want Platinum to play good football, play with combination to bring more success. We want to win every game though it’s not easy because the opponents are equally good.
“We are going full for winning the league title, and fight for success in the Chibuku Cup and we want to make steps in the CAF Champions League. We know it’s not easy but we have the qualities and a professional structure at the club to achieve that,” added de Jongh.
Pure Platinum Play have been criticised for their poor performance in Africa and asked if he is working on the shortcomings, de Jongh said there is need for continual improvements.
Platinum are representing Zimbabwe in the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League campaign which begin this August.
“Not necessarily shortcomings but continual improvements so that we consolidate good team performance.”
He said he is working on transforming the team to adapt to modern football approach.
“There is also need to increase bias to modern day football approach,” added de Jongh.
H-Metro earlier reported that de Jongh is mulling making changes on the team’s captaincy, which he did not deny in an interview yesterday.
Goalkeeper Petros Mhari has been captaining the team deputised by Gift Bello for years now but it seems they are not guaranteed the armband.
“It’s one week before the Challenge Cup (against Highlanders). We are in preparation and a lot of things can happen on my selection of the first keeper and first captain and second captain,” said de Jongh.