Platinum shift focus to Esperance
14 January 2019
ZIMBABWE representatives in the CAF Champions League, FC Platinum, defender Gift Bello said they shift focus to their next group match against Esperance of Tunisia on Friday.
Norman Mapeza’s men settled for a goalless draw against South African giants Orlando Pirates at Babourfields on Saturday.
Esperance played to a 1-1 draw against Horoya of Guinea last Friday leaving all the teams in the group at one point.
And for Bello, focus now shifts to their next encounter rather than dwelling in the past.
“We are now focusing on our next game. We have to put our house in order now.
“We have to correct our mistakes from the Pirates game. We need to score goals, our conversion rate is poor.
“We started the group stages not the way we had planned and we are looking forward to get things right from this game,” said Bello.
Esperance, who have won the competition three times, are the defending champions and Platinum have a huge task when they enter into Tunis.
Platinum’s conversion rate is poo, managing three goals in five Champions League games during this campaign.
In those five games, Mapeza’s men managed one win and four draws.
“We know what is at stake here and scoring is our major worry.
“Scoring will definitely change the result and that is the area we are working tirelessly to improve. We are not intimidated at all. We will take this game cautiously,” he added.
With the local league off season, the Zvishavane miners have an advantage as they have enough time to rest.
In this case, Esperance are in action tomorrow before facing the Zimbabwe champions three days later.