FC PLATINUM captain Petros “Budro” Mhari believes they are reaping the rewards of patience, following their 2-0 victory over Bulawayo City in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the weekend.
Panashe Mutimbanyoka and Thandonkosi Ngwenya’s efforts secured the victory for the champions.
For the first time since the AFCON finals break, the champions have registered two wins on the bounce.
It has not been a purple patch for Norman Mapeza’s men but, like champions, they seem to be manoeuvring their way back to the top, in their bid for a fourth title on the trot.
The victory means the Zvishavane miners are now four points behind leaders Dynamos, who are on 23 points.
Calisto Pasuwa’s Glamour Boys were the last team to win four successive titles.
Prior to that, the Dynamos team of 1980 to 1983 were the first to achieve such a feat.
Highlanders equalled the feat at the turn of the millennium.
It was also the Warriors keeper’s sixth clean sheet of the season and he is now just one clean sheet behind Dynamos’ Taimon Mvula.
“We are happy for the maximum points, especially away from home,” said Petros.
“There’s need for us to keep working hard, we really need to continue with this form, and it demands maximum effort.
“It’s good not to concede. I’m happy with our sixth clean sheet; I’m really proud of our defence, they are doing a great job.”
He revealed Mapeza’s message during their dark days.
“He’s a confident coach, he motivates us not to give in easily. The season has not been typical for us, considering that we are almost a new team,” he said.
“Coach Mapeza encouraged us to keep our feet on the ground and he also emphasised the importance of working hard as he insisted that things will be okay.
“I can say our patience is now paying off but we still have a long way to go. We can’t say much, it’s too early to make any conclusions.”
Philani “Beefy” Ncube’s Bulawayo City are now at the base of the league table with six points.
They have managed a win, three draws and seven losses.