FC Platinum, AS Otoho share spoils

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo William Stima scored a 48th minute stunner that secured a draw for FC Platinum against AS Otoho in a Total Caf Champions League first round first leg encounter at Stade Marien Ngouab here yesterday. FC Platinum players celebrate scoring a winning goal The game was, however, marred by Togolese referee Kokou Ntale whose shambolic and embarrassing show got even neutrals on the terraces shaking their heads in disbelief. The referee clearly chose to defile the refereeing profession by his favouritism, unperturbed that CAF had sent in a…

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FC Platinum can’t catch a break in Congo

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo in Congo Brazzaville In a dramatic turn of events FC Platinum’s flight to Owando for their Total Caf Champions League first round first leg encounter against AS Otoho tomorrow was aborted yesterday with the players and the rest of the travelling party on board. FC Platinum players and staff on board shuttle car from the grounded plane The flight was aborted allegedly due to unfavourable weather conditions as it started to drizzle just as the team got into the plane. Also, the lighting system at the landing…

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Unpleasant reception for FC Platinum in Congo

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo FC Platinum were forced to abort plans of travelling to Owando State from Brazzaville after the Congolese football authorities failed to provide an invitation letter for the processing of visas upon arrival at Maya Maya Airport yesterday. FC Platinum players board taxis to the training ground in Brazzaville yesterday The league champions had to make contingency plans of putting up in Brazzaville, instead of Owando State where Sunday’s Caf Champions League match against AS Otoho will be held. “When we got here the authorities told us that…

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Roddie’s big night?

By Godknows Matarutse FC Platinum forward Rodwell Chinyengetere stands on the brink of a rare feat of being crowned the Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year for a second year running when the winner is announced in Harare tonight. Rodwell Chinyengetere Chinyengetere’s work up-front, which saw him finish the season as the Castle Lager Premiership top goal scorer with 17 goals, makes him the odds-on favourite for the top gong. Related Articles The Soccer Stars selection was done last month by a panel of football writers, club coaches and…

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Mapeza faces Herculean task

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo FC Platinum coach, Norman Mapeza, faces a Herculean task in the Total Caf Champions League first round first-leg tie against Congo Brazzaville side Otoho next Friday as the Central Africans have not lost a home game in all competitions since January 2017. Norman Mapeza Otoho, participating only for the first time in the Champions League, stunned Angolan giants Agosto 2-0 at Stade Omnisport Marien Ngouabi d’Owando on Wednesday afternoon to go through on the away goals rule, having lost 2-4 in Luanda. The Congolese side has played…

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Double for Mapeza’s boys!

By Mukudzei Chingwere Zimbabwe premiership kings, FC Platinum warmed up to the CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg encounter against CNaPS Sport of Madagascar with a routine Castle Challenge Cup victory over Triangle United at Mandava yesterday. FC platinum players Forwards Gift Mbweti and Thomas Chideu scored in either half to ensure they win the this cup for the second year running after winning it last year by beating Harare City. This cup has been modelled to bring the curtain down to a premiership campaign and yesterday it was…

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FC Platinum ready to roll…Zim champs face potential banana skin

By Mukudzei Chingwere FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has instructed his players to strap their knees with bandages to avoid injuries when the Zimbabwe soccer champions begin their CAF Champions League campaign with a preliminary round, first leg date against CNaPS Sport on the badly kempt artificial turf at the Centre des Loisirs de la CNaPS Vontovorona in Antananarivo, Madagascar, this afternoon. FC Platinum head coach Norman Mapeza centre addresses a press conference at a local lodge, flanked by foreign signings Shadreck Mayembe (left) from Zambia Albert Eonde from Cameroon.…

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FC Platinum, Ngezi fined

Champions FC Platinum and runners-up Ngezi Platinum were fined by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for breaching rules and regulations of the top flight league. FC Platinum players celebrate scoring a winning goal The reigning champions were fined $1 500 of which $500 was suspended on condition they don’t repeat a similar offence after match officials’ tyres were deflated following a league match against Herentals at Mandava Stadium on September 15. Ngezi Platinum Stars utility player Liberty Chakoroma was found guilty of assaulting a match official after a Chibuku Super…

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A dynasty in the making

By George Mawere The great Pele once said, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” FC platinum players   As the FC Platinum family, we are truly humbled to have successfully defended the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title. Related Articles Being the 2018 Champions is testament to the work ethic and dedication of the FC Platinum team, our coach, our players, our patron, our stakeholders and all our supporters and…

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Mapeza sings Ebenezer

By Langton Nyakwenda Norman Mapeza has been listening to a lot of Reverend Togarirepi Chivaviro’s spiritually filled songs, especially the 2015 chart buster “Ebenezer.” Norman Mapeza salutes FC Platinum supporters Why shouldn’t he? The lyrics resonates well with Mapeza’s current settings as the FC Platinum coach is revelling in glory after bagging his second consecutive league title with the Zvishavane based side. Related Articles Pure Platinum Play were crowned the 2018 Castle Lager Premier Soccer at Mandava yesterday with Mapeza becoming the first coach in Zimbabwean football history to win…

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