From Paul Mundandi in Zvishavane
FC PLATINUM president George Mawere has rolled out an audacious bid by his club, pledging that the miners will this year appease their fans by delivering at least two major trophies to the Zvishavane community.
The platinum miners have the 2014 Chibuku Super Cup as the only major title to show for their ambitious and strong purse.
But after being bridesmaids in the championship race for the last three years, FC Platinum believe 2016 could just be their year.
And club president Mawere boldly declared that there was nothing stopping his side from realising their ambition to land at least two major trophies that will be at stake in the Premiership this season.
“I promise that nobody will suffer or die from high blood pressure this season as the team will do its best this season. My promise to you is winning two or three trophies.
“FC Platinum is like a fish and it can’t survive on its own without water in a pond. We need a pond (the community) to rally behind us so that we achieve our targets.
“We are the only team remaining in the PSL in Zvishavane and without the support of the community we can’t survive in the Premiership just for a season as we can even get relegated. My appeal is for the community to support us” said Mawere
FC Platinum poured $15 000 to run a tournament at Mandava which was dubbed Zvishavane Community Sport Development Programme in an effort to bring people together and scout talent.
Next year’s event will feature women’s soccer and netball.
The FC Platinum president told guests at the event who included members of Parliament John Holder and Fred Moyo who is also the Deputy Minister of Mines that unity was the key to success for the people of Zvishavane.
Despite twice coming perilously close Platinum have never won the championship since their promotion in 2011 and the best they did was losing on goal difference to Dynamos in their maiden season to the top-flight league.
Former Warriors coach Norman Mapeza who helped FC Platinum to a strong finish last year has also been bolstering his side with a number of acquisitions.
Young Warriors striker Walter Musona has also returned to FC Platinum after his abortive stay in Slovakia
Mapeza has brought a different culture to the Platinum ranks and is now eyeing his second championship medal as coach after achieving a similar feat with Monomotapa in 2008.
The FC Platinum coach has so far registered a number of promising stars such Nqobizitha Masuku, Ronald Chinyengetere, Takudzwa Mahori, Wallace Magalane, Last Sithole and Ishmael Wadi.
It appears that their best buy so far is winger Hilary Bakacheza who was signed from Triangle.
The miners also promoted Emmaculate”Gebho”Mawuna and Shepherd Dinyero from their junior team.
Eighteen–year-old Mawuna has played for the national Under-20 side and is blessed with vision and good dribbling skills.
While promoting some players and bringing in new acquisitions, the miners have also wielded the axe on veteran midfielder Allan Gahadzikwa, Stephen Sibanda, Phillimon Mudune, Farayi Mususunye and former Golden Boot Winner Nelson Maziwisa.
Emmanuel Mandiranga and Nigel Papias will be loaned to gain the much needed experience while Raymond Sibanda is still to know his fate.
FC Platinum are one of the best clubs in terms of organisation, remuneration to its players and technical team and they also boast of good facilities.