FC Platinum coach Hendriek Pieter De Jongh has called on all Zimbabwean to rally behind his team to ensure its success in the CAF Champions League when the tournament starts in November this year.
De Jongh said, for now, the team’s focus was to qualify for the group stages of the competition and hopefully get to the knockout stages. He said:
We need support from everyone at the CAF Champions League. That is the only way to success and that will bring a great name to Zimbabwean football. Our main priority, for now, is to qualify for the last 16 then we will take it from there.
The Dutchman said the club is waiting for the government to ease lockdown restrictions so that players can resume group training as the new campaign approaches. He said:
Players train individually at home, we are waiting for the green light (from the government) that we could train as a team in the training grounds.
The last time we did the training as a team was back on 24 March which is a long time for a club which wants to win.
De Jongh also expressed his desire for Pure Platinum Play to join Highlanders and Dynamos in being the only clubs to have won the league title for four consecutive seasons.
FC Platinum won a third consecutive Premier Soccer League title last season under the then caretaker coach Lizwe Sweswe.
However, the club has crashed out of Africa’s elite football club competition in the group stages in the last two campaigns.