FC PLATINUM skipper Thabani Kamusoko is confident that his side will put up a good show when they clash with Kenya’s Sofapaka in the first leg preliminary round of the Orange Caf Confederation Cup at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
The Zvishavane-based platinum miners played a 1-1 draw against Highlanders on Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium as they wound up their preparations for the East Africans and Kamusoko said FC Platinum are not new in the African Safari and will be using that experience against Sofapaka, a club they don’t know anything about.
“We are still continuing with the preparations, but from the look of things everything looks set. Everyone looks sharp and I think it’s all about concentration and we can win in Kenya. We don’t know anything about Sofapaka but I think everything will be fine. We have players that have experience playing in Africa and I played in Africa before for FC Platinum when we lost to El-Merreikh in Sudan,” Kamusoko said.
A youthful side that had the likes of Raphael Muduviwa, Walter Musona, Tatenda Dzumbunu, Wisdom Musona and twins Kelvin and Elvis Moyo held Bosso to a 1-1 draw after scoring first through Donald Ngoma in the 20th minute before Bruce Kangwa equalised in the 72nd minute.
Also in the squad was goalkeeper Petros Mhari, who is not new to the African expedition after playing for Hwange in the Confederation Cup in 2012 before joining the platinum miners.
Platinum also had veteran Daniel Vheremu, Aaron Katebe, Obey Chirwa, Nelson Maziwisa, Simon Shoko and Allen Gahadzikwa on the bench. Also on the bench was goalkeeper Francis Tizayi, Ian Nekati, Emmanuel Mandiranga and Wellington Kamudyariwa.
Coach Norman Mapeza is expected to join them this week after going through the Caf A Licence coaching course.
Assistant coach Patrick Mandizha was in charge against Highlanders on Saturday.
“We are taking this game (Sofapaka) cautiously so that we don’t concede a goal but at the same time we will be looking for a positive result so that when we come back home, it will work to our advantage. We just want our fans to keep on supporting us. They should not put us under pressure.
Even when the chips are down, they should continue to support us. Our team is composed mainly of young players. We want to produce the best results not only for Platinum but for Zimbabwe,” Mandizha said.
Ngoma and Dzumbunu were injured on Saturday and were pulled out, but Mandizha said he is yet to get the full report on their injuries from the team doctors.
FC Platinum leave for Kenya on Friday for the Sunday game and are expected to be cheered on by about 50 supporters who will depart from Harare on Saturday morning.