FC Platinum Coach Norman Mapeza said that his players are raring to go in today’s Total Champions League clash against Horoya FC and said that they need to push hard to enhance their chances of progressing.
The match will be played at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo after ZIFA condemned FC Platinum’s traditional home ground Mandava, in Zvivashane. The Chronicle quotes Mapeza as saying:
We know the importance of tomorrow’s match. We’re in the same position with Horoya and playing at home, we need to push if we really want to enhance our chances of progressing in the competition; we really need to win.
The guys are okay, they are raring to go. Games like this are not about physical appearance it’s about mental strength. We’ve come a long way and it’s now up to the boys who have to push.
There’s no way as FC Platinum we go to a game to play to lose. We always go there trying to get a positive result, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen in Tunisia.
I feel that defensively we were good in Tunisia, the moment we gained possession we were very slow coming out of the blocks. We were congested, our movement off the ball after regaining possession was a bit slow. We are playing at home, we have to attack; 70 per cent we have to attack, but have to be cautious as well.
FC Platinum are in Group B together with Horoya FC, Orlando Pirates and Esperance. Pure Platinum Play has one point their first two matches.