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Platinum coach staying grounded

20/08/2016 00:00:00
by SuperSport
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza

THE prospect of making history by claiming the league title from Harare and Bulawayo clubs appear not to be letting FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza get carried away.

With 11 games to go before the season ends, FC Platinum are two points clear at the top of the PSL standings.

While there is no guarantee so far that they will be crowned champions come December, they however remain favourites to win it.

Since St Paul’s Musami won the league title in 1996, no team outside Bulawayo or Harare has won the league title.

Now FC Platinum could engrave their name in Zimbabwean football folklore by breaking that long-standing jinx.

If they do so, they will also write another piece history by claiming their first ever league crown.

“There is still a long way to go and no team is guaranteed to win the league title. I am sure you can see that the competition is getting tougher by each game,” Mapeza said.

“We are just concentrating on collecting points in each game we play. But it is not easy. Every team is playing for something. There is a lot of talk about us as favourites to win it but let me say that most teams stand good chances of being champions.”

This is not the first time for FC Platinum to edge closer to winning the league title.

In their maiden season in 2011, they let slip the league crown with only two games to go before the season ended when they had spent much time poised to claim it.

Now having drawn their last three games, they have dropped six crucial points and that could cost them.

On Sunday they visit a rejuvenated Triangle at Gibbo Stadium.


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