Platinum sweat over Ngoma

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FC Platinum are sweating over the possible unavailability of Donald Ngoma for Saturdays African Champions League football preliminary round return leg against Swazi side Green Mamba at Mandava Stadium.

The striker missed yesterdays two training sessions with an ankle injury.

Ngoma, whose brace helped the platinum miners record an inspiring 4-2 victory in the first leg in Swaziland a fortnight ago, sustained the injury during last Sundays triumphant exploits over Hwange in the Bob 88 final at Rufaro Stadium.

Midfielder Allan Gahadzikwa, who weighed in with a goal at Somhlolo Stadium, got an ankle knock on Sunday but started light training on Tuesday.

Midfielder Hardlife Mavundi joined Gahadzikwa on light workouts yesterday after pulling a muscle during training last week.

But Ngoma remains stuck in the treatment room, under close monitoring of the clubs physiotherapists who are working around the clock to give him the best possible treatment.

Although getting into battle carrying what looks like a healthy lead, Platinum assistant coach Tendai Chikuni conceded it would be a major blow losing the trio who are key players.

He, however, wore a brave face, asserting they had enough cover in the event the injured players fail to recover in time for Saturdays match.

These guys have been doing very well for us and are key members of our team and their absence would be greatly felt.

But that is why we have a large pool of players to select from and if they fail to recover in time we will get capable replacements. We will, however, keep on monitoring them especially Donald.

We are waiting for the doctorsreport to know the degree of Donalds injury so that we plan accordingly, he said.

The platinum miners are also praying Charles Sibanda, who is away in Burundi with the Warriors together with head coach Rahman Gumbo, will not get injured.

It is still to be seen if Benjamin Marere and defender Norman Togara will play on Sunday amid reports that they had fallen out of favour with their coaches.

Chikuni believes home advantage would act in their favour against Mamba.

Mamba are already in the country after crossing Beitbridge border post at 5am yesterday where they were welcomed by Platinum secretary Philemon Muvengwa.