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FC Platinum coach Mapeza defiant despite poor run

FC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza has insisted he has a solid squad despite a slow start to their league campaign.
The platinum miners were on Wednesday beaten 2-1 by Harare City at Rufaro Stadium to record their third defeat of the season in five games so far.
They have one just once and drawn on one occasion again.
After the loss to City on Wednesday, Mapeza came under fire from a section of the club’s fans who demanded that he quit.
But the former Galatasaray man has remained resolute that he has a strong squad that can rise again.
“I will always say it that we are not bad. We are playing well but we are just failing to score goals,” Mapeza said.
“I know what counts at the end of the day are the goals. Football is about scoring so that you get counted. We are playing well though and that is inspiring.
“We will build up from the positives we have been picking. One thing l know is that we will improve as long as we continue to soldier on in this rough terrain.”
The defeat to City came at the closing stages of the match when the hosts’ substitute midfielder Benson Maglasi beat the full time whistle to strike the winner on the clock.
This was after City has earlier on equalised through another substitute Tinotenda Kadewere after Walter Musona had put FC Platinum ahead 12 minutes into the second half.
“We just lost concentration towards the end of the game and they punished us. Bug I am not going to blame any player or come up with a lame excuse,” Mapeza said.
FC Platinum visit WhaWha in their next league match on Saturday.
Saturday: Chicken Inn v How Mine (Luveve Stadium), Harare City v Dynamos (Rufaro Stadium), Flame Lily v Triangle United (Lafarge Stadium), Whawha v FC Platinum (Ascot Stadium)
Sunday: Caps United v ZPC Kariba (National Sports Stadium), Dongo Sawmill v Highlanders (Vengere Stadium), Chapungu v Hwange (Ascot Stadium), Tsholotsho v Buffaloes (Luveve Stadium)

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