REIGNING Premier soccer league champions, FC Platinum are banking on home advantage as the Chibuku super cup gets underway this weekend with the Zvishavane based side hosting three other teams at Mandava stadium.
The Platinum miners will be on familiar territory as they host group four which also features Ngezi Platinum Stars, Triangle United and Gweru based side Whawha.
The reigning Premier soccer league champions also have the experience of playing competitive football under COVID-19 protocols after participating in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Coach Norman Mapeza is leaving nothing to chance with the ultimate objective being to wrestle the trophy away from holders Highlanders.
“We have done quite well in terms of preparation. It’s a massive tournament for us in terms of incentives. I can’t complain much about how much we have prepared for these games. So far so good and we just waiting for the tournament to start,” said the Coach.
FC Platinum will, however, go into the tournament missing a number of key players through injury.
“We have got Raffel is out, Donald Chinya is also injured Blessing Muwoyo is out, Stima is out and Donald Ngoma is out and I think its because of spending time without playing football so its always difficult for the boys both psychologically and physically so we have been working on those things so that they gear up for the tournament,” he said.
The Chibuku Super Cup which is a dress rehearsal for the Premier soccer league is being sponsored to the tune of 375 thousand US dollars.
ZBCTV will be beaming live proceedings of Group four matches at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.
The matches will also be live on Radio Zimbabwe and Classic 263.
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