FC Platinum captain Zephaniah Ngodzo says his charges will not be under any pressure when they take on Shabanie Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Maglas Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
Midlanders FC Platinum and Shabanie Mine lock horns in a mid-week derby that is expected to lighten up Zvishavane, igniting serious rivalry between the platinum and former asbestos miners in the town.
“We are mature enough. It’s just like the game we played at the weekend. We have been there before and as players we cannot succumb to pressure from the supporters. We are just going to play and collect maximum points. If ever there will be any tension, I guess it will be among the supporters. This is just a game of football. I know there has always been tension but the fans should just come and watch good football,” the former Highlanders captain said.
The match was supposed to have been played last weekend but had to be postponed following the untimely death of FC Platinum head coach Benjamin Moyo in Shurugwi on April 22 on the morning of the game.
Assistant coach Philani Mabhena has since taken over in an acting capacity and on Saturday dispatched troubled police side Black Mambas 3-0 at Morris Depot. Former Dynamos striker Benjamin Marere, Didymus Chakabva and Khumbulani Banda found the net against Warumwa Warumwa.
The platinum miners have played four matches and ephatically won three of their games beating Shooting Stars 2-0 and Monomotapa 3-0.
They lost one game 2-0 to Dynamos in Harare.
FC Platinum are on sixth position on the log table with nine points, four behind log leaders Caps United, Chicken Inn and champions Motor Action and with two games in hand.
A win against Chinda Boyswould catapult them to fourth position with a match advantage.
Marere is not the only FC Platinum acquisition as they brought in most of the best players in the land that include goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, gunman Norman Maroto, Daniel Vheremu, Thabani Kamusoko, Ngodzo brothers Zephania and Joel, among others.
After losing four of their matches in the league, Shabanie Mine collected their first set of maximum points when they beat Hwange 3-2 at Maglas Stadium on Sunday.
Shabanie Mine will not be pushovers in front of their supporters in the mining town.