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Gumbo job safe as Platinum start Champions League preps

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Barely two days after losing the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) title to Dynamos, FC Platinum return to camp today to start preparations for the 2012 Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League with coach Rahman Gumbo’s job safe.

The executive meets tomorrow to review the 2011 season with indications changes will be made to the playing staff while the technical team stays intact.

Platinum lost the championship to Dynamos on goal difference despite beating Shooting Stars 3-1 on the last day of the race, while the new champions defeated Kiglon 2-0 at Rufaro.

The platinum miners are already focused on assembling a strong squad for the African safari as they race against the December 15 Caf deadline for the registration of players.

The four teams to participate in Africa next year — Dynamos, Platinum, Motor Action and Hwange — will be registered by November 30 by Zifa, through the PSL before they send a list of their players by December 15 to Caf.

Preliminary round matches for Platinum, Motor Action and Hwange are likely to take place, hence the need to start early preparations.

This means Platinum players will break only for the festive season and return to work on January 2. Club president Nathan Shoko said yesterday: “We are not breaking camp. The team is going back to training tomorrow (today) as we prepare for the Champions League and the 2012 season.

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