FC Platinum ready for sink or swim tie

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ZIMBABWE champions FC Platinum are pumped up ahead of the sink or swim Caf Champions League preliminary round second leg against Angolan side Deportivo D’Agosto at Mandava Stadium on Wednesday.

FC Platinum assistant coach Patrick Mandizha told reporters during a press conference that they were better prepared than they were in the first leg.

The Zimbabwe side were beaten 3-0 in Luanda leaving them with all to do in the return leg as they now need to outscore their opponents to advance to the next round.

Essentially it means they have to score more than three goals to progress. And the Platinum miners believe they can over turn the tables.

“When we went to Angola, we did not know much about the opponent, they had a new coach, which means new tactics and a lot of things had changed,” said Mandizha.

“But this time around we are confident that we are better prepared for the game, (and) the guys are raring to go.

“In Angola we made many mistakes, but this time we are looking for a positive result at home.”

Meanwhile, Agosto conceded that they still have a lot to do against what they called “a very good, but unlucky side.”

Assistant coach Ivo Traca said FC Platinum were a very good side, who were just unfortunate to leave Luanda empty-handed.

“We have an advantage coming into this match, but the mission is not yet finished,” said Traca.

“We are playing against a team that knows how to play the ball, with fast transitions and how to keep possession. They could have scored one or two goals in Angola, but they were not lucky enough.

“We are coming here to balance our attack and defence, we will attack and defend when need be, we will play as a team.”