FC PLATINUM veteran defender Daniel Vheremu is confident they will shine at this year’s edition of the Caf Confederations Cup continental football tournament.
The miners are going into the African Safari for the second time following their maiden participation in the Champions League in 2012 where they reached the second round.
Pure Platinum Play will travel to Kenya on February 15 to face Sofapaka in the preliminary stages of the Confederation Cup and Vheremu believes they learnt their lessons in 2012.
“We are going into the competition with a lot of experience because we learnt a lot from our first participation,” Vheremu said.
“We have an experienced coach who has seen it all both as a player and coach, and his presence here gives us a lot of confidence. We also have a lot of young players in the team who are hungry for success,” he added.
“From the preparations we have had so far and the way we have worked hard as a team during pre-season, I can safely say that we are ready to shine and make our country proud.
The Mapeza-coached side has so far played two warm-up matches against Chapungu and Bantu Rovers following the cancellation of an international friendly against Power Dynamos of Zambia last month.
The club has also begun modifying Mandava Stadium to prepare for the visit of Caf inspectors.
The club’s media relations liaison officer Chido Chizondo said they were in the process of modifying the whole stadium to meet the required international standards.
“We have begun modifying the stadium on one or two key things so that it meets the expected standards by Caf,” Chizondo said.
Last week, Mandava Stadium’s poor drainage was exposed after rains left the whole ground soaked in a pool of water during a friendly with Chapungu.
The Pure Platinum Play had to use Maglas stadium in their last friendly match against Bantu Rovers, which they won 2-nil last Sunday.
Chizondo said the club was optimistic that by February 27, all technical challenges facing Mandava Stadium would have been dealt with.
“Everything is under control and we are very sure that by the 27th of this month, all technicalities would have been dealt with,” Chizondo said.
Platinum have the full opportunity to play only their second inter-club match in Zvishavane after they failed to host El Merreikh of Sudan due to lack of accommodation.
But the availability of the five-star Pote Hill Hotel has changed the landscape in one of the fastest-growing towns in Zimbabwe.