BY TERRY MADYAUTA
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza is worried that his team’s poor conversion rate could be their biggest undoing in their bid to win their fourth league title this season.
The Zimbabwe champions dispensed with experienced players — Rodwell Chinyengetere and Rahman Kutsanzira, while Silas Songani returned to Europe in a major overhaul that has seen the core of the team dominated by up-and-coming players.
Without the power and influence of those experienced players, FC Platinum’s strike force has lacked potency, managing just two goals in the their last five matches.
In those five matches, they picked six points courtesy of a 1-0 win over Harare City and draws against Dynamos, ZPC Kariba and Black Rhinos.
Despite the presence of some experienced players including the likes of Donald Teguru, Innocent Mucheneka, the new crop of Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya, Oscar Bhebhe and Nigerian Onafide Abubakar has struggled thus far and it is a cause for concern for Mapeza as the league marathon takes shape.
“Again, it was a case of missed chances. We created chances but we are still missing,” said Mapeza.
“The first half was good, we created chances but struggled to score.
“We are creating opportunities, half chances but still failing to score so I think we need to work on that.
“Rhinos could have wrapped up the game in the final stages but we defended well.
“At the end of the day, what matters is working on the few opportunities we are getting.”
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