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By Mugove Chigada / Published on Monday, 04 Dec 2017 12:57 PM / No Comments / 602 views

4 December 2017

Tonderai Ndiraya

NGEZI Platinum say Tonderai Ndiraya’s target for 2018 will be to consolidate their top four status.
Club spokesperson Chiedza Mupfumira spoke to H-Metro yesterday clarifying the future of the coach at the club.

Speculation was rife that Ndiraya was on his way out after failing to lift the league title, with Ngezi Platinum being linked with a possible move for Joey Antipas.

Yesterday Mupfumira said the board had met and concluded that they were happy with Ndiraya who completed his first full season as head coach this year, ending third behind champions FC Platinum and runners up Dynamos.

“The Club Board meeting held last week to review the 2017 season confirmed that they were happy with the coach and his technical team.

“Ngezi Platinum Stars (are) satisfied with the team performance for 2017 season. The team managed to achieve its top four target which it had set for the season.

“There are no changes being made to the technical team which shall continue to be headed by Tonderai Ndiraya,” Mupfumira said.

Fears were that if Ngezi Platinum had gone ahead to fire Ndiraya, something which was possible, they could have made the same mistakes made by FC Platinum in their early years in the Premiership.

FC were forced to take a long term approach learning from past mistakes, something that their club president said was important in helping them achieve their goals.

Mapeza needed three seasons to win the title. Antipas, who was also being linked with a move to Ngezi, needed three seasons as well to win the title with Chicken Inn.

While Ngezi Platinum have shown much potential with the squad they have assembled, the reality on the ground also is that they have players that play for their coach.

Ndiraya worked with most of the players he has in his team when they were still juniors.

Mupfumira said: “We are confident in the players and technical set up that we have and we are looking forward to remaining competitive in the next season. As for 2018 targets, we need to consolidate our position in the top 4.”

Ngezi Platinum chairman Jeremiah Gasiteni said the hope is that they do better in 2018.

“I think we did well as a club and we are very happy. Yes it will not be easy but the hope always is that you do better than you did the previous year. We are hoping for an even better 2018,” he said.

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