Mapeza happy with Platinum progress

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Coach Norman Mapeza

FC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza is delighted with the way his charges are adapting to his preferred style of play.

MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Mapeza assumed the reins at Pure Platinum Play taking over from Lloyd Mutasa in the second half of the season.

The former Warriors mentor has had a fair start at his new job, with some promising results for better fortunes to come for the Zvishavane-based side.

His standout performance to date is the 6-0 crashing of Caps United at Mandava stadium in the Commander ZNA Charity. He completed a rare double to knock the Harare giants out of the Chibuku Super Cup with a narrow 1-0 win.

On Saturday, his charges displayed a near-flawless performance against champions Dynamos in the 0-0 stalemate at Mandava, restricting their more fancied opponents to only one meaningful shot at goal.

After the weekend’s comprehensive performance he was happy with the way his charges were adapting to his tactical demands.

“I am very happy with the way the team is playing. There are adapting well to the way I want them to play but they are not there yet.

“We have a squad of some young players and with time they will be fine. We will continue working hard to get the level we want, but so far so good,” he said.

His team are a distant eleven points behind log leaders Dynamos with only seven games left in the Premier League run-in.

In fact, Platinum could have scored had they been awarded a penalty in the 25th minute when Augustine Mbara tripped Obrey Chirwa in the box when the Zambian striker was clear on goal.

There was silence from the Dynamos fans when the incident happened, but they soon erupted into joy when the clearly incompetent referee Mlindeli Ndebele, who made numerous questionable decisions on the chilly afternoon, waved played on.