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FC Platinum brace for Sofapaka challenge


FC PLATINUM need to avoid complacency when they take on Sofapaka of Kenya in a CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round second leg football match at Mandava Stadium tomorrow despite carrying a 2-1 goal advantage.


The Zvishavane side got their campaign on a flying start, beating the Kenyan side 2-1 at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi a fortnight ago.

Donald Ngoma and Brian Muzondiwa’s goals ensured victory for FC Platinum, while Sofapaka got their consolation from Fiston Abdou.

Sofapaka will now arrive this afternoon.

Kenya Football Federation secretary-general Michael Esakwa wrote to Zifa advising the association of the unfortunate development.

“We bring to your kind attention that Sofapaka FC participating in the Caf CC and scheduled to play FC Platinum has rescheduled its flight to tomorrow Friday 27th February 2015 , due to lack of flight connection from Harare to Bulawayo,” Esakwa said.

The Kenyan team was expected in Bulawayo last night from Harare before the unexpected developments.

FC Platinum media liaison officer Chido Chizondo was optimistic yesterday that Pure Platinum Play would produce positive results.

“The mood in our camp is good. We are still reiterating that we must not be complacent. We realise that this is a tough match,” she said.

FC Platinum head coach Norman Mapeza also down played the 2-1 lead saying their focus was on the job at hand tomorrow.

“We are carrying a 2-1 lead, but we need to guard against complacency. We won in Kenya, but it is not yet over. The game is still on.

“Everything is fine in camp and we are looking forward to the match. The players are OK, but we are yet to see if there will be any injuries before the match,” he said.

After the loss to FC Platinum two weeks ago, Sofapaka coach Sam Timbe told the media in Kenya that he was not worried about the defeat and they had conceded silly goals.

“I have been in this (football) business for many years and I know anything can happen,” he said.

FC Platinum are eyeing victory that will guarantee them passage to the next round where they will meet Botswana Defence Forces or Young Africans of Tanzania.

The Mapeza-coached side is likely to meet the Tanzanian side which is almost assured of progression after a 2-0 win over Botswana Defence Forces Xl going into the reverse fixture.

FC Platinum is hoping to do better than in 2012 when they were knocked out in the second round after losing 0-3 to El Merreikh of Sudan, then under the guidance of Rahman Gumbo.

The match could prove tough for the Kenyans as football fans in Zvishavane will be backing FC Platinum, while Sofapaka played in a nearly empty stadium at home.

Sofapaka will be staying at Pote Hills Lodge in Zvishavane.

Botswana referee Tirelo Mositwane will handle the tie. He will be assisted by his countrymen Bakwena Simankalele is first assistant, second assistant Madondo Kitso Sibanda, while the fourth official will be Omphile Phutego also from Botswana.
Lucas Johane from Mozambique is the match commissioner.

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