24 July 2018
NGEZI Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya has disputed reports that they are cash rich and using the cheque book to try and shift the balance of power in domestic football.
The top three teams on the log at the moment, FC Platinum, Ngezi Platinum and Chicken Inn, are all company owned.
It is a situation that has seen most of the best players opting to play for these clubs while they also have what are considered as some of the best coaches.
After edging Dynamos 1-0 at Rufaro on Sunday, Ndiraya argued that the image created by their club is about resources well managed.
“Fortune? I wonder where you are getting that sentiment,” Ndiraya said.
“Ngezi Platinum don’t have much money but they manage their resources quite well.
“That is what I have said in my previous interviews. So I would not really agree with the fortune word.
“It is a club which is well managed, and they manage the resources they have quite well,” he said.
There seems to be little chance for the traditional giants in the league race this year as Ngezi Platinum and defending champions FC Platinum are favourites.
The last time there was a continuous dominance by teams outside the known power houses was in 2008 (Monoz), 2009 (Gunners) and 2010 (Motor Action). These were teams that were individually owned.
Recently, only CAPS United in 2016 was the last traditional giant to win the title.
DeMbare last won the title in 2014 while the wilderness experience for Highlanders is now more than a decade.
Chicken Inn won in 2015 while FC Platinum were champions for the first time last year.
Ndiraya was in charge at Dynamos for the remainder of 2015 when they finished as runners-up but the Glamour Boys did not extend his contract into the next season.
Ndiraya says he is focused on his job now.
“Look this is work, I’m employed by Ngezi Platinum and they also want results here.
“I’m born and bred at Dynamos but there is nothing I can do. They also want results and I just have to do my job here,” he said.