FC PLATINUM MISS NEKATI, MASUKU
13 February 2018
FC PLATINUM could have been left vulnerable by the departure of unsung heroes Nqobizitha Masuku and Ian Nekati.
Midfielder Masuku was signed by ambitious Zambian side Buildcon while defender Nekati did not renew his contract.
On Sunday FC Platinum plunged into battle with a new combination in central defence of Kevin Moyo and Lawrence Mhlanga.
Winston Mhango had to do the job with another new player Rahman Kutsanzira in midfield.
Nekati, who could also easily play in the right back position, was one of most important players for FC Platinum in their title success.
Masuku’s contribution was also great as he mostly played ahead of Gerald Takwara. Takwara has since joined Ajax Cape Town.
After the 3-0 defeat to Desportivo de Agosto at Estádio 11 de Novembro on Sunday, FC Platinum now have a mammoth task.
They will now need to score four goals without reply in the reverse fixture of the CAF Champions league preliminary round at Mandava.
And if the Angolans score, Norman Mapeza will need to win by a four goal margin, making it mission impossible for the Zimbabwean side.
For the record, FC Platinum’s biggest win in the league last year was a 3-0 win over ZPC Kariba at Mandava on November 4.
Going into the game on Sunday, FC Platinum were aware that they needed to minimise damage against the 11-time Angolan champions who won the title last year at the back a strong home performance.
Desportivo de Agosto’s league record last year show they only lost one home game to local side Kabuscorp 2-1 out of the 30 matches.
If FC Platinum manage to do the impossible in that reverse fixture, they are likely to face ABSA Premiership side Bidvest Wits.
The Angolans, led by coach Zoran Maqui, assisted by Filipe Nzanza and Ivo Traça, played more friendly matches.
They scored 30 goals and conceded two in their eight preparatory games before they faced FC Platinum on Sunday.