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Harare City seek revenge against FC Platinum

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21/04/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter I Supersport
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AFTER being beaten home and away in the league campaign last season and a further defeat in the Chibuku Super Cup, Harare City will be looking for revenge against FC Platinum when they face off in a rescheduled Castle Lager league tie at Rufaro on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, at Ascot Stadium, in Gweru, Chapungu host ZPC Kariba in another midweek fixture.

Harare City, now under Taurai Mangwiro, have found it difficult against the Zvishavane outfit since 2012.

In their head to head encounters since 2012, FC Platinum won three, drew one while the Harare City won only two. They were also beaten to the Chibuku Super Cup 3-1 on penalties.

Those memories are still fresh in their minds and team manager Pardon Chivasa expressed confidence this could be their chance.

“FC Platinum are a very good and organised team,” said Chivasa.

“They have given us problems whenever we meet them and we need an improved performance against them this time around.

“It could be our chance this time around. So many things have changed and this could be our time. We have been preparing very well for the encounter."

But FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza who masterminded the defeat in the Chibuku Super Cup final said they were not looking into the past.

"We are not looking into history,” he said.

“A lot of things have changed now. Harare City have one of the best coaches in Zimbabwe at the moment and are playing well.

“We need to approach the game with caution. We have had mixed results and are hoping to pick maximum points."

Mapeza said he was not complaining about his side’s congested fixture programme.

No fixtures lament ... FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza

The Platinum Miners visit Harare City four days after they were in the capital city again facing Dynamos in the Independence Trophy final last Saturday.

FC Platinum were the first PSL club this year to plunge into competitive action as they were participating in the Caf Confederations Cup in which they eventually bowed out at the first round.

Their continental fixtures also saw their PSL games being rescheduled.


“That is the nature of football and you have to try and cope with any situation. I will not cry about having to play many matches,” Mapeza said.

“We just have to be strong and soldier on. In each game I am resting some players so it is not bad for us. The most important thing is to try to concentrate on picking up points in these games.”

Harare City have collected five points from a possible 12 with one win, two draws and one defeat recorded in their first four matches of the campaign.

FC Platinum have record one win against Flame Lilly (3-0), one draw against Dongo Sawmill (2-2) two defeats against Caps United (1-0) and Chicken Inn( 3-1).

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