BY TERRY MADYAUTA FC Platinum have received a major boost ahead of their clash against Black Rhinos at Mandava Stadium tomorrow following the recovery of four players from injuries.
Blessing Moyo, Hagiazo Magaya, William Stima and skipper Petros Mhari were all on the treatment bed since the second half of the season started.
However, the quartet have since regained their fitness and have returned to the grass, though with Mhari and Stima being monitored.
This development has brought so much relief to coach Norman Mapeza.
“This week’s break gave some of our guys time to recuperate. I am happy we trained with the full squad,” Mapeza said.
“We still have to monitor some of the guys like Petros [Mhari], William Stima but it was great that we managed to train with the whole squad fir the first time since we resumed to the second half.”
Ahead of the Black Rhinos clash Mapeza wants to guard against complacency, with the platinum miners unbeaten in their last 10 matches.
Even more impressive is the fact that they have scored 35 goals, while conceding on seven in the 23 matches they have played so far despite a slow start.
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Eight points separate them from their nearest rivals, Dynamos and it’s hard to imagine them surrendering the top spot.
“Rhinos have been good and consistent. If you look at the teams in the league, they have done well,” he added.
“If you can recall there were changes in their technical team and in situations like this, players improve to play for the coach.
“So we need to maximise on home advantage and keep the momentum. What is important is to give our all in every game.”
Rhinos recently parted ways with Herbert Maruwa, a development which Mapeza feels changes nothing about the army side’s approach.
The Warriors mentor says his heart bleeds for Maruwa and Benjani Mwaruwari, who lost their respective jobs in the same week.
“We are not taking anything from Herbert Maruwa, but the last two weeks has been one of the saddest where we lost three coaches because of results. Life goes on, I wish them well,” he said.
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