Orlando Pirates have arrived in the country for the mouth-watering clash with local football champions FC Platinum tomorrow at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
FC Platinum have already trained at the match venue after ZIFA condemned Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane, the club’s usual home ground.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza said that his club has been well-received in Bulawayo. Mapeza said:
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So far so good, I can’t complain. I think the people here have received us very well. Every time we have been here the people here have been good to us. So I would like to say thank you to the people of Bulawayo for the warm welcome they gave to us.
FC Platinum Captain Petros Mhari called upon all football fans to come in their numbers to support his club irrespective of their team. Said Mahri:
Fans must come and support us. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Highlanders or Dynamos or Caps United supporter. If you come and support us it will motivate us as players. I think they chose Barbourfields because it’s close to Zvishavane. I urged Bulawayo fans to come and support us.
The match to be played tomorrow is the first leg of the Total CAF Champions League in Group B, between the two clubs.