15 December 2017
   
Chombo arrested for wearing ED cap
ED unamused as min Chikukwa booed
Singapore: Mugabe seen leaving hospital
ED to use congress to consolidate power
I have a list of looters, warns president
2018: Zanu PF says to rehabilitate G40’s
Mnangagwa: sanctions crippling Zimbabwe
Cop WhatsApps rogue soldiers memo, seized
MORE NEWS
Gen Moyo to facilitate diaspora investments
Health levy fund now at $18m, minister
MORE BUSINESS
Zimbabwe totes obsessed with Zodwa
Mogul Russell Simmons accused of rape
MORE SHOWBIZ
Eto, Mboma tribute to Cameroon legend
Wenger refuses to blame Alexis Sanchez
MORE SPORTS
Coup: why the China role theory is hollow
Zims duped! It’s about Zanu PF for ever
MORE OPINION
 
Nelson Chamisa on Washington trip
Interview: Gonda Hot Seat with Coltart
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Platinum to rely on home fans against visiting Highlanders
13/11/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
No pressure ... Norman Mapeza
 
RELATED STORIES

FC Platinum will rely on their solid home performance this season to reach the semi-finals of the Easycall Cup on Saturday when they face Highlanders at Mandava Stadium.

They have lost just one at their fortress this season, 3-1 against current Premier Soccer League leaders Chicken Inn at the start of the season as they were struggling to find their feet.

Highlanders interim coach, Amin Soma Phiri, acknowledged the tough task awaiting his charges at Mandava this weekend.

“They have been playing well at home this season,” he said.

“I think they have lost once and that is a good record for them and I am sure they will want to maintain that.

“So it will be a tough match for us but we will fight until the end of the match.”

Veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa has carried the goal scoring duties of late and should partner Knox Mutizwa come to the party then, the defensive pair of Gift Bello and Kelvin Moyo would have to be on their toes the whole afternoon.

Striker Ralph Matema has been struggling to adjust since his return from South Africa, but can still provide the necessary experience needed by Highlanders.

For Platinum, midfielder Gerald Takwara has fitted with ease in Norman Mapeza’s machine since his mid-season move from Tsholotsho and will be tasked with ensuring the safety of his defence.

Upfront, Brian Muzondiwa, Obrey Chirwa and Marshall Mudehwe are a menace to any defence and with the Highlanders defence having been porous this season, they are certainly in for a hard afternoon.

“We are taking the game like any other, no pressure on the boys. We will just go in with a positive mind set to get a result,” said Mapeza.

There were indications that Highlanders will play the match under protest as they feel the PSL and sponsors were not fair in their allocations of matches in the last three years for the same competition.

No NetOne match has ever been played in Bulawayo since 2011 and Highlanders felt Platinum should have been made to travel to Barbourfields.

Save for Platinum, Hwange, How Mine and Chicken Inn will all be playing away.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday: Caps United vs Hwange (NSS), FC Platinum vs Highlanders (Mandava)

Sunday: Dynamos vs How Mine (Rufaro), ZPC Kariba vs Chicken Inn (Nyamhunga)



Advertisement





 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker