Blessing Malinganiza, Sports Reporter
FC Platinum captain says being away from home will not stop them from giving their all in today’s game.
Platinum play Al Hilal of Sudan in the CAF Champions League group match at 9pm.
The Zvishavane miners are participating in the mini-league for the second year running and seek to break the jinx of going beyond the stage.
“I’m impressed with qualifying but what’s left for us is to surpass what we’ve done in the previous encounters.
“It looks like we are not getting the consistency which is required for us to go to the next stage but this time we are prepared and l think we now have experience and exposure.
“It’s the third time now so we now know what’s required of us,” he said.
He added “We want our team to go on a run in this tournament.
“If we really need to be fighting with the big boys we should be having the kind of attitude they have and l also know that football is the same.
“So we will not be intimidated that we are away, we will bring the game to them.”
When asked on what they need to correct this time, he said:
“I want to forget about what happened in the previous rounds, now this another chance that we’ve been given.
“We have to regroup and organize ourselves and l think we are ready for whatever opponents who comes in our way.
“It is my wish that we win these games and go past group stages.”
Pure Platinum Play are in a group of death with African giants Al Ahly, Etoile du Sahel and tonight’s opponents.
But Mhari says there are no minnows in football since it is evolving.
“Of course when you’re in a group with the so called big teams people tend to have doubts or fear.
“But it gives us hope because to be part of that group we had to qualify and win games and it also shows that we are also a big team.
“But we don’t want to give ourselves much pressure, we will just play our normal games and see how it goes.
“Like l said nowadays there is no small team in football they might underrate us and we will shock them. We will fight with the boys. We have always had hope from the onset that we can raise the standards of the team.”
“And so far we have some progress and l think looking at where we are coming from we can be the team that will also be named as big.
Mhari says he has set targets as a team which is to collect maximum points in every game.
“Naturally we have given ourselves some games and some number of points which we must collect in those games.
“We are aiming for three tomorrow (today)and we want to see how we will play in the next three matches to come. “But l’m hoping that we will be able to get points against Al Hilal,” he said.