FC PLATINUM gaffer Norman Mapeza is hoping to cap his fourth year in charge of the Zvishavane side with another Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title.
BY TERRY MADYAUTA
Mapeza guided FC Platinum to their first-ever title last season, breaking the Harare-Bulawayo stranglehold for first team since Saint Paul Musami in 1966.
The current campaign is looking promising with the Zvishavane club having collected 49 points so far and two ahead of their closest rivals Ngezi Platinum.
Yesterday marked Mapeza’s fourth year at the helm of FC Platinum since taking over from Tenant Chilumba and the veteran gaffer is yearning to achieve more in platinum colours.
“It has been fantastic. Of course some things have changed, from players who have come and gone and even top officials, but for me unity has been key during my stay here,” Mapeza said.
“The bond I have created with everyone here starting from the officials, players and fans is key. There have been much challenges but we pulled through together as a team. I pray to God for more fruitful ventures.”
After narrowly edging Bulawayo City last weekend, the reigning champions host Chapungu at Mandava on Saturday.
Mapeza expects nothing less than maximum points as he seeks to keep the league title in Zvishavane.
“It’s all about momentum. I think after a win in Bulawayo, we just have to keep the momentum and continue from where we left. We are happy with the result we got in Bulawayo.
“We know the Chapungu game will not be easy because we are playing a team that is fighting relegation and they have been one of the best teams since the second half started.
“They have the most consistent results but with the mood in our camp, we can be looking forward to a positive result.
“They beat us last year in Chibuku Super Cup but I would rather lose a cup game than a league game. This is a new phase after all. We know how they are playing, but all we want is a win no matter what.”
Chapungu arrive at Mandava having shared spoils with Bulawayo Chiefs at Ascot stadium last week.