Castle Lager Premiership side FC Platinum say the unavailability of head coach Rahman Gumbo for their date with struggling Quelaton at Mandava Stadium tomorrow will not affect them.
Gumbo, who is the Zimbabwe national team caretaker coach will be away with the Warriors for a World Cup qualifier against Mozambique on Sunday.
Welcome Ndiweni and Charles Sibanda have been dropped from the Warriors and will be available for assistant coach Tendai Chikuni, who will take charge of the game.
Defender Norman Togara was suspended after being red carded in their previous match against Caps United, which they lost 3-1 at the National Sports Stadium.
Club spokesperson Philemon Muvengwa told NewsDay Sport the team had enough players and personnel in the technical department to do duty and come out with a positive result against Quelaton on Saturday.
“I don’t believe Gumbo’s absence will affect us in any way. We have five experienced coaches in our technical department who can do the job and we can do without him for now, as he is on national duty.
“In terms of experience and good coaches we are the best in the country,” he said.
Muvengwa, however, refused to read much into the team’s disappointing performance during the Caps United clash saying that was now water under the bridge.
He said the clash against Quelaton was a new game which they will approach differently, aiming for maximum points.
“We have put the Caps United game behind us.
“That is water under the bridge. We have now set our focus on the Quelaton game and we are aiming for nothing short of maximum points,” he said.
The platinum miners go into the match without any injury worries and on paper, they appear a better side than Quelaton.
Platinum have so far collected 15 points from nine matches and are number four on the log, while Quelaton are 14th on the log with seven points from the same number of matches.