No reason to panic – Mapeza

25 Mar, 2022 - 00:03 0 Views
No reason to panic – Mapeza TOGETHER AS ONE... Norman Mapeza and his trusted assistant, Daniel Veremu, have been plotting to down Manica Diamonds


Bruce Chikuni

FC Platinum coach, Norman Mapeza, is adamant the season is still in its infancy for people to rule his team from winning a fourth straight league title.

The Zvishavane miners are chasing immortality, which comes with four league titles on the bounce, which has only been achieved three times in domestic football.

The Dynamos team of 1980 and 1983 were the first to win four league titles on the trot.

Highlanders matched them at the turn of the millennium.

Callisto Pasuwa’s Glamour Boys also won four straight titles between 2011 and 2014.

FC Platinum have won the last three Castle Lager Premiership title races.

The champions are scheduled to face high-flying Manica Diamonds at Sakubva on Sunday.

They are trailing leaders Chicken Inn by seven points.

But, Mapeza remains unmoved.

“So far, so good, we can’t complain about our preparations,” he said.

“We are not paying attention to those who are ruling us out, the title race is still intact, as things stand, there hasn’t been a runaway leader.

“But, maybe, if it was a double figure gap (we would be concerned).

“We are taking it game-by-game, until the end of the season, we know our objectives and we will keep working hard to see how the season progresses.”

He hailed the Gem Boys for a good start of the season.

Mapeza told H-Metro William Stima and Innocent Mucheneka were still out of contention.

Stima has not been feeling well and Mucheneka is recovering from a pulled muscle.

Manica Diamonds coach, Johannes Nhumwa, said they are banking on the home advantage.

“You know that 90 percent of our players were born and raised here (Mutare), this implies we have a double advantage considering we are playing at home,” said Nhumwa.

“They have friends and families to back them and it will give us an edge against the champions.

“We have prepared well for this match, the boys are eager to face FC Platinum and it’s going to be a blockbuster encounter.

“What has happened in the past is now history, this is a new ball game, we have to apply maximum focus.”

He said FC Platinum remain as a title contender despite their slow start.

“We are playing against a well organised team, for us it’s an uphill task, they have enough quality to make the game tricky and unpredictable.

“We need to concentrate throughout the game, our target is to collect maximum points,” he said.


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