Mapeza not panicking

GWERU - FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza feels his side has enough depth to cope with the imminent departure of a number of influential players.

Midfielder Wisdom Mutasa and winger Walter Musona are currently club hunting in Slovakia where they are on trials with FK Senika.

In the event the duo fails to impress at Senika, their parent club Aces Youth Soccer Academy has lined up another trial stint with an unnamed Czech Republic club. 

Forward Donald Ngoma is also on the verge of signing for Young Africans after he passed his medical at the Tanzanian giants.

Mapeza is confident the players, who will remain at Mandava Stadium, have the capacity to help the club maintain their good run.

FC Platinum are currently unbeaten in six Castle Lager Premiership matches with their last defeat coming in May when they lost 1-0 to defending champions Dynamos.

“If we do not get any injuries we will pull through. We should have faith in the players we have,” Mapeza said.

“Some might say they are fringe players but they are equally important. We keep them because we need them.”

Some of the fringe players who have to step up to the plate include Philimon Mudenha, Francis Tizayi, Raymond Sibanda, Philimon Mudenha and former captain Daniel Vheremu.

The likes of Ian Nekati, Nigel Makumbe, Winston Mhango, Stephen Sibanda and Tarisai Rukanda have also received little game time this season.

The platinum miners will also be registering Marshall Mudewe and Stephen Sibanda, who had been omitted from the 30-man squad at the start of the season.

“We will register Mudewe and Sibanda; they have been doing well at training,” said Mapeza.

The Zvishavane-based side finished the first half of the season in seventh place with 22 points.

Mapeza’s side had a difficult start to the 2015 season as they had four defeats in their first six matches.

The former Zimbabwe captain’s position at the helm of the club was under threat during those trying times but the FC Platinum hierarchy gave full backing to their coach.

FC Platinum’s faith in Mapeza was vindicated after he managed to turn around the clubs fortunes.

“The most important thing was to go beyond the 20-point mark and we have done that,” said the former Zimbabwe international.

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