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Blessing Malinganiza
FC Platinum coach, Norman Mapeza, says he is not focusing on the Castle Lager Premiership table.

The champions are second on the log with 34 points, a point behind log leaders Chicken Inn.

Mapeza has introduced a number of youngsters this season after most of the veterans left the club as the champions changed their focus and looked into the future.

His new project punched way above its weight in the first half of the season.

“We need to stay calm. We are not looking much on the log table,” he said.

“For us, what is important is to remain loyal to our expectations while we continue working hard.

“We need to maintain the same work ethic, attitude, dedication and self-belief.

“I think we have made it clear from the start, we want these youngsters to get necessary exposure first.”

He agreed that trusting youngsters was a huge gamble.

Benjani Mwaruwari is also trying a similar concept at Ngezi Platinum Stars.

The Undertaker also acknowledged it could cost him his job, if results don’t come as expected.

“It was a huge gamble when we let the senior players leave the club while introducing these youngsters,” said Mapeza.

“People can now see the direction we want to take.

“I’m happy these youngsters have mastered the way we want to play.

“But, at the same time, I don’t want to put them under unnecessary pressure.

“We are just taking it one step at a time. If the opportunity to win the title presents itself, we will not hesitate to grab it.”

He said he was looking forward to the second half of the season, which gets underway against Tenax at Sakubva, on Sunday.

“We are actually looking forward to an exciting second half of the season.

“We just want to improve from the first half of the campaign.

“What we know is that it will not be easy,” he said.

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