It must have been love, but it’s clearly over now. . . Mapeza explains shock departure

It must have been love, but it’s clearly over now. . . Mapeza explains shock departure 1

By Eddie Chikamhi Norman Mapeza says the need for rest, after five demanding years in the trenches at FC Platinum, finally forced him to end his successful marriage with the Zvishavane miners. Norman Mapeza The Zimbabwe champions announced, through a statement released by club president George Mawere, that the two parties had parted ways. Lizwe Sweswe will take charge of FC Platinum on an interim basis until a substantive coach has been appointed. Related Articles Reports suggest FC Platinum could once again try to lure former Warriors coach Callisto Pasuwa,…

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Mapeza quits FC Platinum as Manica Diamonds wait in the wings

Mapeza quits FC Platinum as Manica Diamonds wait in the wings 2

HARARE – Norman Mapeza quit as coach of FC Platinum on Thursday blaming “burnout”. Mapeza joined the Zvishavane club five years ago and he says he needs a rest, although speculation is rife that he could be making a switch to Mutare club, Manica Diamonds. “Of course, there will be speculation but I can tell you that I just needed a rest and, after meeting with the club president George Mawere, we agreed that was in my best interest,” the 47-year-old told the Herald. He added: “I have been working…

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Mapeza quits as FC Platinum coach

Mapeza quits as FC Platinum coach 4

On Sep 12, 2019 18,977 By Sikhumbuzo Moyo Norman Mapeza has resigned as FC Platinum coach with immediate effect and the club has since appointed Lizwe Sweswe as interim technical bench boss. FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza (Picture by NewsDay) Mapeza’s sudden departure comes just days before the reigning Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions take on Mozambique’s UD Songo in the first leg of the Total Caf Champions League first round match at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday. He has been with the Zvishabane platinum miners for the past five…

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Bullet troopers miss target . . . Malawi supporters attempt ‘hiking expedition’ . . . Reach Bulawayo two hours after the match

Bullet troopers miss target . . . Malawi supporters attempt ‘hiking expedition’ . . . Reach Bulawayo two hours after the match 5

By Raymond Jaravaza Hiking hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of kilometres to support their team in foreign expeditions appears to be dear to the hearts of Southern African football fans of late. Malawi Bullets supporters. Picture courtesy of Nyasa Times A few months after Zimbabwean soccer fan Alvin “Aluva” Zhakata caught the attention of the world when he attempted to hike to Egypt to watch the Warriors, a group of Malawians recently attempted a similar expedition — albeit on a 1 040-kilometre stretch. The initial plan for the 60 Malawian fans…

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Mapeza edges Pasuwa in CAF Champions League

Mapeza edges Pasuwa in CAF Champions League 6

By Mehluli Sibanda in Bulawayo FC Platinum held off Nyasa Big Bullets to make it to the CAF Champions League first round following a hard-fought triumph over the Malawians in a preliminary round, second leg tie at Barbourfields yesterday. FC Platinum’s Devon Chafa (left) is joined in celebration by his teammates after scoring a penalty against Nyasa Big Bullets from Malawi during a Caf Champions League match played at Barbourfields Stadium (Picture by Nkosizile Sdlovu) The Zimbabwe soccer kings played the greater part of the game using a 10-men squad…

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Mapeza reaches fabulous five

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BY TERRY MADYAUTA The FC PLATINUM executive has paid tribute to team coach Norman Mapeza, who clocked a five-year-long stay at the helm of the Zvishavane side. FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza (Picture by NewsDay) Mapeza joined Pure Platinum Play in 2014 and has turned them into a formidable force on the local front after breaking the Harare-Bulawayo stranglehold of the Premier Soccer League title. The former Galatasaray man has so far led FC Platinum to two consecutive titles in 2017 and 2018, in which they also won two Castle…

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Pasuwa bemoans fatigue on players ahead of FCP tie

Pasuwa bemoans fatigue on players ahead of FCP tie 8

By Mukudzei Chingwere Former Warriors coach Callisto Pasuwa is mourning about fatigue on his homecoming mission with Malawian football giants, Nyasa Big Bullets, to face FC Platinum in the first round, second leg tie of the Caf Champions League tomorrow at Barbourfields. Callisto Pasuwa The 49-year-old left an indelible mark as arguable Zimbabwe’s finest coach of all-time, leading Dynamos to a trailblazing four league titles on the bounce before taking the Warriors to the 2017 Afcon finals. The former Dynamos trainer battles against Norman Mapeza’s men at Barbourfields, for the…

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Platinum clash with Malawi champs

Platinum clash with Malawi champs 9

By Sikhumbuzo Moyo FC Platinum arrived in Bulawayo yesterday ahead of their crucial Caf Champions League preliminary round second-leg tie against Nyasa Big Bullets of Malawi at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow. Norman Mapeza The first-leg ended goalless, but the Zimbabwe champions must conjure an outright win against former Warriors’ coach Callisto Pasuwa’s men, who left Blantyre by road on Wednesday. Any other result other than a win for Pure Platinum Play will see them bowing out of the tournament, but having tasted the sweetness of the group stages in the last…

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Ndiraya tips FC Platinum

Ndiraya tips FC Platinum 10

By Blessing Malinganiza Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya has tipped champions FC Platinum to retain the title. Tonderai Ndiraya Pure Platinum Play are on top of the log with 35 points, with one point difference from CAPS United who are second on the log. “This year it’s a bit tight and I think all the teams at the top have a chance, including us. We have a chance of winning the title this year but obviously FC Platinum have been very consistent. Related Articles “I think they have what it takes…

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Mapeza shifts focus

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By Blessing Malinganiza FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says they need to get a result as they shift focus to the CAF Champions League preliminary round encounter against Nyasa Big Bullets. Norman Mapeza salutes FC Platinum supporters Pure Platinum Play played to a goalless draw in the first leg away at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Malawi with the return fixture on this Sunday at Barbourfields. It will be a battle of two of Zimbabwe’s finest coaches since Nyasa are being coached by Kalisto Pasuwa. Related Articles “We are soldiering on;…

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