FC PLATINUM LEAVE TODAY
7 February 2018
FC PLATINUM are expected to leave today for Angola ahead of their CAF Champions league preliminary round, first leg tie against Desportivo de Agosto at Estádio 11 de Novembro on Sunday.
They face Agosto who polished their act in one of their last preparatory matches over the weekend, dismissing Zeca Amaral 3-0 in a match two of their foreign stars were on target.
Burundian striker Fiston Abdul Razak, Nigerian midfielder Kehind Yisa Anifowoshe and Mongo were on target in that friendly match.
FC Platinum’s departure today ensures that they will acclimatise for at least three days before they plunge into battle.
“We are leaving tomorrow and on Thursday we will be in Angola,” Chizondo said.
The Angolan champions, who had an impressive home record in the run up to the title success, are expecting to be solid against the stylish Zimbabwean champions.
This week FC coach Norman Mapeza said they will not be forced to change the way they play in response to their opponents strengths.
FC Platinum will also need to keep an eye on Congolese striker Jacques Bitumbe and experienced player Isaac who was registered for this season after being on the sidelines for the better part of last season.
“Of the group presented, there are 30 players who should ensure the participation of the team in national and international competitions, taking into account the objectives set for the present sporting season.
“Among the reinforcements, Razak, Yisá and the Congolese Jacques stand out,” the club said on their official website, announcing their readiness.
The Angolans, led by coach Zoran Maqui, assisted by Filipe Nzanza and Ivo Traça, are hoping to use their experience to get the better of the Zimbabwean champions.
While the Angolan champions scored 27 goals and conceded two in their seven preparatory games before the weekend game, the same cannot be said of FC Platinum who are struggling for goals.
FC Platinum could however argue they played much stronger opponents but their over 60 percent ball possession in a 0-0 draw with Zambian side Nkana still shows they may not score much even if they dominate against the Angolans.
FC Platinum’s success in the league last year was based on a strong defence and their death by a thousand passes philosophy.
DESPORTIVO DE AGOSTO FULL SQUAD
Tony, Neblú, Julião, Nsesani, Massunguna, Bobó, Yisá, Bonifácio, Isaac, Mingo Bile, Natael Páizo, Ibukun, Mongo, Meda, Macaia, Show, Geraldo, Gogoró, Nelson, Cirilo, Catraio, Mario, Vanilson, Vado, Guelor, Jacques, Razak, Fófó.