22 November 2017
. . . but Chapungu vow to put up a show
CHAPUNGU coach Tendai Chikuni believes it is business as usual for his charges when they face FC Platinum at Ascot on Saturday, a match that could decide who wins the 2017 Castle Lager Premiership title.
FC Platinum will be crowned champions if they win while any other result will leave them banking on Chicken Inn to beat Dynamos or draw on the same day.
A Dynamos defeat or draw will automatically give FC Platinum the title regardless of what happens at Ascot.
Against that background, Tendai Chikuni, who is a former FC coach, finds himself on the spotlight.
“What I know is I will not be doing favours for any team,” Chikuni told H-Metro.
“We continue to play our type of football as usual and we are still not intimidated by any team because how we play determines the outcome.
“I personally don’t want to create friction with my opponents but we are to play as we always do.
“Playing at home does not mean we have an advantage. It is still tricky but we still have to take every match seriously.”
FC Platinum have only lost twice this season and they go into the match as favourites.
“We still have a tough match ahead of us so we are not relaxed at all and neither are we under any form of pressure, but we don’t have to give away points unnecessarily.
“I have to admit it is going to be tough but the guys have been playing well.
“I can’t say the team is stronger. All I can say is the team is doing well, we spend seven games struggling at the bottom of the log and travelled a long journey. We never changed pattern but team work, concentration and unity brought us here.
“I cannot comment on my team performance it is up to those who watch us play, but what I know is we started in serious trouble and the players stood up to be counted,” Chikuni said.
“On Sunday we played Chicken Inn and it was a good game and like always, I take lessons from each game as we play,” he said.