5 November 2018
. . . FC Platinum 2018 champions
FC Platinum have been crowned the 2018 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions after beating rivals Shabanie Mine 1-0 at Maglas yesterday.
Norman Mapeza’s side went into the match needing a point to retain the title – their second in the team’s history.
Mapeza gave credit to his boys and praise to God for guiding them to victory.
“Yeah we are done; we were looking for two results, a draw or a win. I think we did it and we ended up winning the game.
“Thanks to the boys, it wasn’t easy, since the start of the season until today (yesterday). The unity we had as a club, fans, the club executive and my family who have been supporting me.
“I also want to thank God, you know if it wasn’t for him I don’t think this was going to happen today,” he said.
Mapeza also reminisced on the injury he had that saw him sit out the early part of the season.
“Sometimes those things do happen in life, we all get sick at some point in life but you know it’s the belief. I want to thank my wife who has been there for me since the day l got injured up to when l got operated.
“Like l said all goes to God because if it wasn’t for God I don’t think it was going to happen.
“If you look at our progress since l came here in 2014, it had been like this so we still have to keep working hard. We spoke to the guys, and said let’s try to get maximum points in the remaining games.
“At the end of the day it’s not about me, it’s about the technical team, the players. They have been very supportive. When we lost in the Champions league we just said that let’s focus on the local league and see how it goes.”
Mapeza said his future is in God’s hands.
“What’s next for me is to keep working hard and keep praying, that’s the most important thing.
“We are not here because we are clever, it’s only God who knows our destiny. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We never know we all plan for better things to happen in our lives.
“At the end of the day we leave everything to God,” he said.
Relegated Shabanie Coach Alexio Sigion says he was satisfied with his team’s play.
“It was a very good match from the boys. Before the match they had said we just want to give this game to our fans that came to watch
“It’s just unfortunate that we played a team that played very well that it was so difficult for us,” he said.
Meanwhile at Rufaro, Dynamos who are now safe form relegation shared the spoils with Triangle after a 0-0 draw.
DeMbare coach Lloyd Chigowe reckons that his boys put up a good show.
“At the end of it all after a drama filled week, with an injury plagued side. I think my boys put up a good show.
“Under the circumstances, I am satisfied with their performance.
“When your team does not succumb to pressure and to challenges of the earthquake that hit us at the beginning of the week’” he said.
“And still come out and competitive and with a purpose and still compete with a team that is going to play in the Chibuku finals.
“A team that has no challenges, I think under these circumstances I am satisfied.
“I am quite relieved l would say that the novice coach has done the job. That is for the executive to decide, I only inherited this team. If picked l a ready to do the job but l call myself the chosen one.
“I was chosen to save the team from relegation and l have done that.”
However, Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro said he is happy with the point and shift focus to Chibuku final next week.