NEW RECRUITS STRUGGLE
6 February 2018
FC PLATINUM’S best bet is playing players from last season if they are entertaining any chances of beating Desportivo de Agosto of Angola in the CAF Champions league preliminary round, first leg tie.
Their foreign players Eonde Albert and Shadreck Mayembe may not be able to supply the goals needed in the short-term and coach Norman Mapeza has admitted his ‘gems’ needs polishing.
It is against that background that Mapeza will have to count on the likes of Ali Sadiki, Rodwell Chinyengetere and Winston Mhango to get a result away to the Angolan champions on Sunday.
After he fielded most of his new players in the first XI against Zanaco in a 4-0 defeat, including the two foreigners, critics pointed out that there is little to separate his old and new players.
“It was a game we tried most of our new players and the whole idea was to see our fitness levels. They are trying to adapt to our system and they will need time. We had to change the team after that first game,”
The reality though is that the old guard will make up the majority of the players that will start against Agosto in the first leg.
Yesterday club spokesperson Chido Chizondo said he will be clear today on who will travel, but indications show that most of the tried and tested will make the trip.
“I will be in a position to confirm those that will travel tomorrow,” Chizondo said.
“There is no doubt that FC Platinum’s best chance as things stand is to use the players they know. There has however never been a problem with the team in terms of how they play, but because the new guys have failed to make a quick impression, they remain with the same problem of failing to score goals.
“Going into the new season, getting proven goalscorers should have been the priority. The same cannot be said of the two strikers they signed to provide that. They will have to rely on players they already had,” said analyst.
Mayembe is the more experienced of FC Platinum players but he is not an outright striker.
Although he is has been playing for a while and was given a chance with Zambian National team at an early age under Herve Renard as a fringe player, he is now far from claiming a place in the national team.
The Cameroonian Albert on the other hand is hugely an experiment that can turn out to be a good gamble or misfire terribly if he does not give FC the goals, the only thing that Mapeza’s charges lack.
Among the new players that arrived, ZPC Kariba star Never Tigere and former Harare City left back Farai Madhanhanga, are likely to play a big part.