Mapeza nears moment of glory

HAVING already qualified for the Mbada Diamonds Cup, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza could sign off a remarkable season with major silverware when his side faces Harare City in a potentially explosive Chibuku Cup final on Sunday at Mandava Stadium.

SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

This season’s Mbada Diamonds Cup is for the teams that finish the season in the top four and Platinum confirmed their place by beating Hwange 1-0 on Sunday.

This weekend, the league takes a break to accommodate the final, the Warriors trip to Morocco for an international friendly and Afcon 2015 and Euro 2016 qualifiers.

He replaced Lloyd Mutasa in August this year, as Platinum were struggling to find their feet, but things took a change when they drew 0-0 against Dynamos at home and since they have not lost or drawn a match.

When Mapeza arrived, Pure Platinum Play were languishing in seventh place with a paltry 31 points, but have moved to 48 points.

Mapeza demonstrated his astuteness and restored confidence to the same players that Mutasa had failed with, and results are bare now for everyone to see.

Now, Mapeza has another opportunity to land one of the trophies still on offer this season — the Chibuku Super Cup when he faces Harare City on Sunday.

After edging army side Black Rhinos 1-0 in the semi-final, he now has to clear the hurdle erected by Harare City to win the coveted Chibuku Super Cup.

Following his victory against Black Rhinos in the semi-final at Rufaro he expressed delight at the time.

“I spoke to the boys before the match and told them it could be achieved. I told them this is a cup semi-final therefore the tensions will be high so they had to be prepared,” he said.

“I’m happy to have reached the final. I have been at FC Platinum for only two months so to take the club to a cup final. I think it’s a great achievement.

“We have been working very hard. And I have been telling these guys the importance of playing in a cup final and I think we have achieved that.”

Harare City also beat Highlanders 3-0 in the semi-final to seal a place in the final.

9 Comments

  1. If 31points can be called paltry then the meaning of paltry has changed!? 31 out of 48 and yu label that as paltry!Mapeza comes along and adds 17points but he gets all the credit!

    Mapeza is a good coach and everyone accepts that; but its one thing to praise him and another thing to exaggerate his accomplishments.

    When you say since the 0-0 draw with Dynamos “… they have not lost or drawn a match..”; if I say yu are being economic with the truth would yu object! Just 2 or 3 weeks backs Platinum played a goalless draw with Caps during a mid-week fixture at the NSS.If you do an analysis of the stats dzePlatinum you will realise that they are joint number 2 (with Dynamos) after ZPC in as far as the least number of games lost and Platinum have the highest number of draws in the league.

    What those stats are saying is this; Mutasa did not lose to many matches but was drawing most times. Mapeza just turned a possible few draws into wins. The most damning statement you make is when you say

    “Mapeza demonstrated his astuteness and restored confidence to the same players that Mutasa had failed with, and results are bare now for everyone to see.”

    Mutasa can not be rated as having failed. It was a case of him not meeting the expectations of his bosses but he certainly was not a failure. I hope no grudge against Nomara neither am I here to fyt for Samaita but am simply pointing out some inaccuracies in your story.

    Wish you the best in the Final Normara and may yu continue to prosper.

    1. Well said bro

    2. GOOD ADVICE: do something for yourself, for your family. Don’t waste your time talking about these already rich sport celebrities while you are poor. Other people are enjoying their lives with money without even paying attention to these celebrities. See how this poor Zimbabwean woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling old and broken houses. Very interesting. Go to HOUSESBYCITY.COM to see all 5 companies that she was dealing with to do this business. HOUSESBYCITY.COM , Wake up African people

    3. very objective and level headed analysis. Glad we have people like you with an eye for detail and hunger for FAIRNESS

  2. Is it true that Norman Mapeza a is gay? The rumor mill has provided evidence in the form of 1. Pierced ears for he wears studded earrings 2. He is not and has never been married to a lady. 3. He has been spotted in the company of queer fellows. jus asking.

    1. its not true he is not gay anotonzi baba mickel,he named his son after his father,he is married to a south african woman,his wife stays in south africa,over and above he is a good coach.

  3. He lost to bosso by a gol to nil at mandava,usanyepere vanhu iwe,

  4. Well if wearing earrings is being gay them 90percent of footballers and musicians are gay, from maradona to cristiano they all wear them.
    As far as we understand he remarried after divorcing his south african wife and remarried a zimbabwean wife. They stay together in Glen Lorne, his son is in south africa.

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