Mapeza challenges his strikers

The platinum miners deserved to win the match by a wider margin had it not been of the forwards’ wastefulness.

FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza has challenged his strikers to improve on their awareness and precision ahead of their date with Triangle at Gibbo Stadium.

Mapeza watched his strikers spurn a bagful of chances but they still managed to defeat Caps United 2-1 at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

The platinum miners deserved to win the match by a wider margin had it not been of the forwards’ wastefulness.

While he remains optimistic that his men can bounce back into contention of the league title, the veteran gaffer wants to solve the team's conversion rate.

“If we go deep into our match against Caps United, you will see that we had so many opportunities. It was happening after every six minutes but our decision making was not spot on.

“But we have spoken to the boys. It has all to do with awareness especially when you are a striker. You have to be very alert.

“We have been working on that. We hope to improve and turn those chances into goals and get a positive result.

“We had enough time to recover, so I don't think travelling will be any issue to us,” Mapeza said while addressing a Press conference in Zvishavane.

He said that his team is facing an injury crisis going into this match but remains confident that the replacements can still do a good job.

After 22 rounds of fixtures, FC Platinum are sixth on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log standings with 34 points on their tally.

They are eight points behind leaders Ngezi Platinum, with 12 rounds of fixtures remaining before the curtain goes down.

On the other hand, Triangle have been one of the worst performers  this season, as they sit just above the drop zone, with 24 points on their tally.

The Lowveld side has only managed four wins, 12 draws while losing six after 22 matches. However Mapeza is not reading much into his opponents’ poor form, knowing the threat that they pose.

“If you look at their results of late, they haven't done so well, but still it’s not going to be easy.

“But I also can't complain about the way the guys have been training this week. We have some who are injured but I'm sure those available will do the work for us,” Mapeza added.

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