Veremu rallies FC Platinum


FC PLATINUM skipper Daniel Veremu says with the current rich vein of form, he is confident his side will win this year’s edition of the BancABC Sup8r Cup when they clash with bitter town rivals Shabanie Mine at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.


Veremu yesterday said after losing out on the NetOne Charity Shield on their home ground at Mandava in March, FC Platinum are gunning for the Sup8r Cup.

They lost 5-4 in a penalty shootout against Caps United in the semi-final of the NetOne Charity Shield after playing 1-1 in regulation time in March.

The Charity Shield was eventually won by Chicken Inn who beat the Green Machine 3-2 in the final on March 10 and FC Platinum watched that game from the terraces at their own home ground.

“We are winning this one and this time we are prepared for Shabanie who beat us in a league match at Maglas. It is going to be a tough match though, because Shabanie have more supporters than we have here in Zvishavane.

“But I have been looking at the way we have been playing in the last three games and with the current form; I don’t see us losing this one. We are playing according to the coach’s instructions and playing as a team. And we if we play that way, we are definitely lifting the BancABC Cup,” Veremu said.

After bundling out Monomotapa 3-1 in the semi-final to book a place in the final, the platinum miners under the guidance of Lloyd “Samaita” Mutasa beat Hwange 0-1 in a league match at the Colliery.

On Sunday, they dispatched Monomotapa once again in a league match at Mandava and will be hoping to ride on that glory when they face Shabanie Mine, whose form has gone down in the last two matches.

FC Platinum are star-studded outfit that boasts the Warriors quartet of Charles Sibanda, Donald Ngoma, Ali Sadiki and Nelson Mazivisa.

The platinum miners will be looking forward to landing their third piece of silverware on Saturday since they came into the Premiership in 2011.

Their rivals on Saturday, Shabanie Mine under the tutelage of the outspoken Luke Masomere, are looking forward to cup glory after winning their last piece of silverware when they beat Dynamos 1-0 to lift the BP League Cup in 2001.

To reach this final they beat the league champions 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final on September 1 at Barbourfields Stadium. Runners-up will pocket $70 000. While winners will get $120 000.