FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza faces disciplinary action from CAF after beating his player Gift Bello for running onto the pitch to celebrate his team’s qualification for the group stage of the Champions League on Saturday.
Gift Bello was not in the matchday squad on the particular day as he was serving a Caf suspension for accumulating two yellow cards. The assault is said to have taken place in the full view of ZIFA president Felton Kamambo. Mapeza has since apologised for his indiscretion.
FC Platinum issued a statement after the assault incident. The statement read as follows
We wish to apologize to our valued supporters and stakeholders for the altercation that took place involving our head coach Norman Mapeza and Gift Bello after the match against AS Otoho D’Oyo.
Whilst the full investigation to ascertain what triggered the scuffle are still being conducted, FC Platinum will make it abundantly clear that it does not condone any acts of violence at any level as it is not a reflection of our values and ethos.
Our commitment to our stakeholders is to continue being a brand of choice and be the Zimbabwean flagship for African football.
FC Platinum qualified for the CAF Champions League group stages, going through on away goals rules after drawing 1-1 away to AS Otoho and 0-0 at home to the same opponents.