The Sunday Mail
Mukudzei Chingwere in Zvishavane
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FC PLATINUM might not have won this international friendly but they put up a polished act at Mandava yesterday.
The Zimbabwean champions were using the clash against Zambian side — Nkana Red Devils — to fine tune for next weekend’s CAF Champions League away to Angola’s Clube Desportivo do Libodo.
The home side were solid at the back and in midfield but as usual struggled to bury the chances they created.
Veteran Mkhokeli Dube led the attack but was starved of possession and resorted to dropping deep in search of the ball.
While expressing some concern at the lack of bite, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza was impressed with the way his side kept it tight at the back.
“We are 95 percent ready and by the time we go to Angola, we will be fully ready,” he said.
“There were a lot of positives today and the guys played really well. If you look the way we played, we never gave them any chances and that is key.
“Like I said after our last game against Zanaco, it is not about results but all about getting the team to gel.”
Nkana coach Manfred Chabinga hailed the Zimbabwean champions for their good show.
“There are many good teams here in Zimbabwe and winning the title in Zimbabwe is a big achievement,” he said.
“They play very well and I do not think they will have any problems with getting to the group stages of the champions league.
“They gave us a lot of problems and they are a good side,” said Chabinga.
Pure Platinum Play started the match well with Rahman Kutsanzira and Ali Sadiki virtually unplayable.
But it was Jimmy Tigere who really caught the eye for FC Platinum with a top drawer performance.