AS premiership leaders FC Platinum host bogey side Hwange in a potentially explosive Castle Lager Premier Soccer League clash at Mandava Stadium this afternoon, Norman Mapeza says they are ready for the challenge.
The unassuming FC Platinum coach predicted a tough challenge in this second round of the campaign.
His platinum miners lead the table, four points above closest rival Caps United and go into this match high on confidence following an impressive four wins, one draw, and one loss in their previous six matches.
Interestingly, their only defeat in those matches was a 2-1 away loss to Hwange, and they will be hoping to avenge that setback at home.
But FC Platinum also lost to Hwange before on home soil in a league match in 2014 and they will be fully aware that the coal miners have the quality to spoil their day.
Mapeza however, declared that his charges ready for revenge against Hwange.
“It is going to be war. In the second half of the league every team will be fighting, for the championship, top four, top eight and others against relegation,” he said.
“We are ready for the war and I think we have the quality to challenge the other top clubs.
“We will continue taking each game as it comes till the end of the season despite our position on the log standings.”
FC Platinum welcome returning striker Charles Sibanda and new recruit William Stima for their home debuts.
Still, Mapeza said the new signings were not expected to bring instant results.
“We are not expecting them to make any impact to the team they are there to strengthen the side and give the team depth,” he said.
Hwange on the other hand have not been convincing this season but their two wins in their previous three league outings will give them confidence of claiming the scalp of their opponents.