Pressure is on FC Platinum: Sweswe


TSHOLOTSHO Football Club coach Lizwe Sweswe believes FC Platinum will be under pressure when the two sides meet in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter at Mandava Stadium tomorrow afternoon.


Pure Platinum Play have endured a rocky start to their 2015 PSL campaign, collecting a paltry four points in the six games they have played this far.

Lizwe Sweswe
Lizwe Sweswe

“The pressure is on them (FC Platinum) because they are a big club and a lot is expected of them, but in our case, all we need is a positive result,” Sweswe said.

“We just have to maintain consistency and pick up at least a point in every match that we play.”

Tsholotsho played out an uninspiring goalless draw at home to Mutare outfit Buffaloes in their last match, while FC Platinum lost 1-2 away to Whawha.

Sweswe told journalists in his post-match interview that he was unfazed by the failure to collect maximum points at home as his boys had been playing well away from home.

And yesterday, he said he considered all his team’s matches to be away games since they were played outside their Tsholotsho base.

“The reality is that not having a stadium that is suitable to host top-flight matches in Tsholotsho means all our games are essentially away matches and our goal is to post positive results wherever we play,” Sweswe said.

Iziqholo zeZhwane will be without defenders Thandolwenkosi Ncube and Nkosilathi Moyo who are out injured.

Central defender Ncube is out with an ankle injury, while Moyo is nursing a back injury.

Sweswe’s charges lacked creativity in midfield against Buffaloes and he may recall Kriess Chitiyo back into the team at the expense of Young Warriors linkman Gerald Takwara who failed to complement the hardworking Butholezwe Ncube.

Tsholotsho occupy position eight on the log with eight points to their credit, while FC Platinum are fourth from bottom after collecting four points.