Mapeza happy with preparations

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Norman Mapeza

FC PLATINUM head coach Norman Mapeza is delighted with his club’s preparations ahead of the 12th edition of the Caf Confederation Cup.

MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Mapeza’s charges regrouped for the continental showpiece last week and their mentor has been charmed with their preparations so far.

All players have now reported for duty save for the Zambian import defender Aaron Katebe who was part of his country’s provisional African Cup of Nations squad, but missed out on the final 23-member list. His absence from the Pure Platinum Play camp, however, has the blessings of his club coach.

“He was in camp with his national team the whole of December, so he needs a rest,” said Mapeza.

FC PLATINUM goalkeeper Petros Mhari
FC PLATINUM goalkeeper Petros Mhari

“We will give him the chance to rest before he starts training.”

Mapeza had no complaints about his work so far and is boosted by the clean bill of health in camp.

“Our preparations are going on very well and there is nothing to complain about,” the coach said.

“All our players have returned without any injuries. Everyone is fit and they are training well.”

Speedy winger Marshall Mudehwe had a promising start last season, but missed the better part of the campaign with a nagging injury.

Donald Ngoma has struggled with a shoulder injury which is believed to have hampered his numerous attempts to move abroad.

Zambian import Obrey Chirwa was one of standout performers last season, but was being constantly pulled down by a strained hamstring.

Goalkeeper Petros Mhari and striker Nelson Maziwisa were among other injury uncertainties, but they both reported for duty fit to compete after the off-season.