FC PLATINUM ON THE BRINK OF MAKING HISTORY
FC Platinun are on the verge of writing a piece of football history when they travel to Gweru in their last game of the season on Saturday.
The Zvishavane side could become the first team based outside Harare and Bulawayo to be crowned league champions since 1966. They are standing inline to break a fifty one year old record set by Murewa based St Paul Musami under the guidance of Father Anthony Edwards Davies.
No team outside the two biggest cities in the country have managed to achieve that feat so far.
In 2014 , ZPC Kariba almost defied the odds but faltered on the last hurdle. They needed a draw in their last game against CAPS United but lost 3-2, surrendering the title to Dynamos who lifted it for the fourth consecutive time.
Three years later, Pure Platinum Play are finding themselves in a similar chase like that of ZPC Kariba. They are in a tight race with Dynamos who are only two points behind. They face Chapungu in a must win final league match.
However, chances are high that FC Platinum will win the the title considering the depth of their squad. Unlike ZPC Kariba who were to some extent lacking experience to contain the pressure of league deciders, the Norman Mapeza coached side have an advantage ahead of the fixture. The squad have experienced players such as Gift Belo, Takesure Chinyama, Kelvin Moyo, Ali Sadiki and Charles Sibanda.
The experience of coach Mapeza also adds to the advantage. He won the league title with Monomotapa United in 2008 and he was also an assistant coach at CAPS United when the team went on an 18-match unbeaten run from 2003 – 2004.
Another glimmer of hope is their recent impressive record at Ascot Stadium. The platinum miners are yet to lose a game against Chapungu at the venue since 2015.
Now the big question is: Will FC Platinum manage to win against Chapungu on Saturday?