By Mthokozisi Dube
LEAGUE champions FC Platinum have shifted focus to young players as the club seeks to derive value from the international transfer market.
Better known as money bags attracting the best football players, FC platinum are back to factory settings with a new strategy of treating football as a business.
Last year, the Zvishavane based side entered into a partnership with Spanish club Real Betis that has seen the three-time champions focusing on junior players as an opportunity to derive value from selling players on the international market.
FC Platinum Media Liaison Officer Chido Chizondo says they had to part ways with some of their players who are now in the twilight of their careers to pave way for juniors from their development side.
“FC platinum is evolving. we have tried every truck and now we have a business strategy where we need to derive value from selling players to the outside market in line with our Laliga partnership.”
Pure platinum play fans are equally convinced the move will pay dividends through developing young talent.
FC Platinum has parted ways with players who are in their 30’s such as Rahman Kutsanzira, Kelvin Madzongwe, Donald Ngoma, Rodwell Chinyengetere and Ralph Kawondera.
Stanley Ngala has left due to lack of game time alongside the likes of Denzil Khumalo who has re-joined Highlanders on loan while Ely Elunga and Silas Songani have joined a second-tier club in Iceland.