LIFE has come full circle for FC Platinum.
The Zvishavane side can be crowned CHAMPIONS this weekend, should they win at home and results elsewhere, favour their cause.
Norman Mapeza’s indomitable machine host plucky Herentals, ironically the last team to find a way to beat them, exactly SIX months ago.
Since that 0-1 defeat at the National Sports Stadium, on April 30, this year, FC Platinum have taken on the other 16 teams in the league, including the giants, and came out of the battles unscathed.
This means that, in the last SIX months, the Students forward, Brighton Majarira, is the only player to score a goal, in a winning cause, against FC Platinum.
His winner came after a howler by goalkeeper Petros Mhari.
It was Herentals’ maiden victory over the champions in the top-flight league having lost three, and drawn one, in their previous four meetings.
However, it proved to be just a blip, in the search for glory, for Mapeza and his men who have since put together an impressive 16-match unbeaten run in the league.
They have won 12 of those matches and drawn the other four.
Their best run was a six-game winning streak, shortly after their defeat to the students, which saw them thrash Chicken Inn 3-0 in Bulawayo.
They also hammered CAPS United, by a similar scoreline, at Mandava.
Maybe, only the Students have developed a formula of beating the champions and Herentals will also be driving the agenda of both the Gamecocks and Dynamos, in Zvishavane tomorrow.
However, should the Students fall tomorrow and the Gamecocks lose and DeMbare fail to win, FC Platinum will be crowned champions, with four matches to play.
Because a win tomorrow will take their tally to 67 points.
Should Chicken Inn lose the Derby against Highlanders at Barbourfields on Sunday, and Dynamos drop points against Whawha at the National Sports Stadium, on the same day, the two clubs cannot breach the 67-point mark.
Ironically, Herentals also stand between FC Platinum and a League and Cup Double.
The two sides meet in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals at Mandava.
Mutiwekuziwa is looking forward to the FC Platinum challenge.
“They are playing very well (FC Platinum),” said Herentals coach, Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva.
“You look at how they are playing in the league, there is no denying the quality they have.
“Obviously we are the underdogs going into that game but we are using that as motivation.
“Being at this stage (Chibuku Cup semi-final) is enough motivation for the players and we are really looking forward to the encounter.
“This is a great milestone for the club, and I am really happy with what the squad has achieved.”
For now, focus is on the league game tomorrow.
And, can the Students, who are the last club to beat the champions, find a way to become the first team to do so, in 17 league games?