Platinum’s newbies ripe and ready

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Norman-Mapeza

BY TERRY MADYAUTA
FC Platinum skipper Petros Mhari has admitted that the senior players at the club are beset with the task to try guide and mould the youthful players that were fused into the team after a number of veterans left.

The defending champions are still trying to adapt to working with a new crop of players, having parted ways with eight senior players earlier this year, who include Silas Songani, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Rahman Kutsanzira, Denzel Khumalo, Kelvin Madzongwe, Stanley Ngala, Ralph Kawondera and Donald Ngoma.

The new recruits have not hit the strides as expected, but Mhari believes they are now well-oiled to win games for Pure Platinum Play.

“The team has many young players who needed guidance, and I believe they are now confident of themselves to win us games. It’s upon the senior players to guide those who are new as we seek to achieve our targets,” he said.

“We have done well in terms of preparations, so far so good. Everyone is raring to play against Harare City at home. This match is important to us because we are back at home after the trip to Kariba.

“Our fans have been patient with us, looking at how we played in the recent games. I guess it’s time for us to repay them and bring happiness to the local community.”

In three matches, the Norman Mapeza-coached side picked two points out of a possible nine, while managing to score twice.

At this point, what worries the veteran mentor is his forward line that has been struggling to score in positions they used to convert with ease.

Ahead of the Harare City clash, so much is expected from the likes of Walter Musona, Donald Teguru, Gift Mbweti and Innocent Mucheneka to turn around the club’s fortunes.

They go into this one riding on a clean bill of health, which leaves Mapeza and his lieutenants with more selection options.

“Everyone is now fit, we don’t have any injury concerns as we speak, which leaves us with a lot of selection options when we face Harare City. We hope that will be an advantage to us because Harare City are  a tough opponent,” assistant coach Daniel Vheremu told a Press conference yesterday.

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