14 January 2019
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza believes enjoying their maiden CAF Champions League group stage campaign is important ahead of the trip to Esperance.
Pure Platinum Play drew their opening match 0-0 against Orlando Pirates at Barbourfields.
Mapeza said hard work will help them succeed in a new competition.
“It was a good game of football and everybody saw it. The guys gave a good account of themselves.
“Like I said before, we are new to this journey and I think we just need to keep on working hard.
It’s as you where in the group after all teams drew, FC Platinum play away in Tunisia.
“On Tuesday we are leaving for Tunisia, I think it’s a good result for me as a coach.
“For me of course we wanted to win the game and I can’t complain. This was a massive performance and we came up with a draw,” he added.
Ahead of the clash with reigning African champions Esperance, Mapeza said they will stick to their game plan.
“It’s a game of football, we can’t just go there and attack without any game plan, we had our game plan and we wanted to win the game.
“We just need to go there with a game plan; we will just go there and try to get a point. It’s the same game plan that we are going to use when we go to Tunisia.
“We are just not going to go and open up on our game, we know they are dangerous. And see what happens after the game
“We are just coming from offseason but for us I don’t think we are coming from offseason or something like that but we have been playing football since January.
“So maybe I might say the boys are a little bit tired but I know that we have to keep working hard and we have more games to go.
“Let us enjoy this journey you know that the most important thing and I am enjoying this game. It’s my first time to be in the champion’s league, CAF Champions league so we will keep working hard, and we will see what happens.,” he said.
Barbourfields was packed on Saturday; Mapeza salutes the thousands that made it to Emagumeni, saying there is freedom to support who you want.
“I applaud our fans they were brilliant, that’s all I can comment on as for the other fans I can’t, everybody has got a choice. You can’t force someone to support us even if they don’t feel like supporting us.
“So I will just applaud our supporters they were massive and well done to them.
“It was a massive performance from us and we know the challenges we are going to face when we go to Tunisia, we are playing the current Champion league holders,” said Mapeza.