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FC Platinum seek first league win against Flame Lily

FC PLATINUM will seek their first win of the season when they host Flame Lily in a re-arranged Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Mandava on Wednesday.
Fresh from exiting the Caf Confederation Cup after losing 5-2 on aggregate to Young Africans of Tanzania at the weekend, Platinum will be looking to find their venom once again to climb out of the bottom pile.
On Saturday, they beat Young Africans 1-0 at Mandava in the return leg of the Caf Confederation Cup, but it was not enough to overturn the 5-1 deficit they had suffered in the first leg in Dar es Salaam.
But, according to coach Norman Mapeza, the result was the spark the team needs going forward.
“We created a lot of chances against Young Africans, from all wings but we could not get the goals we needed; that is football,” he said.
“There was a lot of talk over the week about us but I think we remained focused and we are ready to move on.”
He added: “Playing against a new team in the league is a problem, just like playing any other team in the PSL.
“They are not here by mistake, so we will give them (Flame Lily) the respect that they deserve and do our homework correctly.
“Obviously, a win would be huge lift for the boys.”
Platinum started the season with a 2-2 home draw against new side Dongo Sawmills before they lost 1-0 to Caps United.
They have one point from two matches and lie in 14th place on the log standings.
On the other hand Flame Lily, coached by Nesbert Saruchera, are in 10th place but also looking for their first win of the season after drawing twice and losing once.
Their last match was a 1-1 draw against How Mine on Sunday at Gwanzura.

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