FC PLATINUM veteran defender Daniel Vheremu is confident they will shine in this year’s edition of the Caf Confederation Cup.
The miners are going into the African Safari for the second time following their maiden participation in the Champions League in 2012 where they reached the second round.
Pure Platinum Play will travel to Kenya on February 15 to face Sofapaka in the preliminary stages of the Confederation Cup and Vheremu believes they learnt some lessons in 2012.
“We are going into the competition with a lot of experience because we learnt a lot from our first participation.
“We have an experienced coach who has seen it all both as a player and coach, and his presence gives us a lot of confidence. We also have a lot of young players in the team who are hungry for success.
“From the preparations we have had so far and the way we have worked hard as a team during pre-season, I can safely say that we are ready to shine and make our country proud,” Vheremu said.
The Norman Mapeza-coached side have so far played two warm-up matches against Chapungu and Bantu Rovers, following the cancellation of an international friendly against Power Dynamos of Zambia last month.
The club has begun modifying Mandava Stadium to prepare for the visit of Caf inspectors.
The club’s media liaison officer Chido Chizondo said they were in the process of modifying the whole stadium to meet required international standards.
“We have begun modifying the stadium on one or two key things so that it meets the expected standards by CAF,” she said.
Last week, poor drainage at Mandava Stadium was exposed after rains left the whole ground soaked in a pool of water during a friendly with Chapungu.
Pure Platinum Play had to use Maglas Stadium in their last friendly match against Bantu Rovers, which they won 2-0 last Sunday.
Chizondo said the club was optimistic that by February 27 all technical challenges experienced at Mandava Stadium would have been dealt with.
“Everything is under control and we are very sure that by the 27th of this month all technicalities would have been dealt with,” Chizondo said.
Platinum has the full opportunity to play only its second inter-club match in Zvishavane after they failed to host El Merreikh of Sudan due to lack of accommodation.
But the availability of the five-star hotel, Pote Hill, has changed the landscape in one of the fastest growing towns in Zimbabwe.