Blessing Malinganiza , Sports Reporter
FC PLATINUM coach, Norman Mapeza says he is happy with his boys ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup game against Senegalese side ASC Jaraaf on Sunday.
The Zimbabwe champions face the West Africans at the National Sports Stadium in the first leg of this playoff affair.
“I’m happy with the players, they have the right attitude towards the game.
“They’re geared up and we have been doing video analyses of our opponents so that they can get an understanding on how they play.
“And in training everything is going well, so far so good, we don’t have any complaints,” he said.
The Zvishavane miners are hoping some of their players, Rahman Kutsanzira and William Stima, who have knocks will recover in time.
“The two haven’t been training lately. We will know by Saturday if they’re fit to play,” said Mapeza.
Mapeza said their target going into the match is to score many goals.
“I’ve spoken about this, the target is to get as many goals as we can.
“It’s all about goals and we also need to capitalize on home advantage and we need to score more goals.
“And we’ve been talking to the boys about it, you saw what happened with Simba a lot of things affected our game plan. But we learnt harsh lessons from that,” he said.
He added: “It’s clear, we have two legs.
“We want to qualify for the group stage, we just can’t go and play for nothing.”
Pure Platinum Play have so far lost one of their key players Perfect Chikwende and Mapeza believes this will not have any effect to his team.
“Losing him will not affect my team though we will miss him and we are happy for him.
“It’s a good move and it’s also a motivation to other players that if you do well, you will also be set for greener pastures.
“And they’re also motivated to do their best in this competition so that they can also move,” he said.
Pure Platinum Play have roped in new players and the coach said they are adapting well.
The players include Rodwell Chinyengetere, Donald Ngoma, Blessing Moyo and Innocent Mucheneka.
“I’m a happy with them, they’re adapting but we don’t want to put a lot of burden on them, they’re still new.
“They’re adapting but they need some time, we are not going to put pressure on them.
“We are working on their physical fitness first and then they can adapt to our style of play,” he said.
The team is expected to get tested before the game and Mapeza is hopeful for a clean bill of health. “We have been in a bubble, we are set to get tested before the game.
“I just hope for everyone to be healthy ahead of the game.”