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Mapeza answers critics as FC Platinum hammer Flame Lily

FC Platinum 3-0 Flame Lily
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza answered his critics in emphatic style Wednesday as the Zvishavane side hammered newly-promoted Flame Lily 3-0 in a premiership tie at Mandava.
Mapeza had come under fire after a poor start to the season which saw FC Platinum collect one point from two games and also exit the Caf Confederations Cup.
They were battered 5-1 by Tanzania’s Young Boys in Dar es Salaam and failed to overturn the huge deficit with a 1-0 win in the return leg at Mandava.
Ahead of the mid-week tie at home to Flame Lily, Mapeza was in fighting talk as defended his players for the poor showing in the continental campaign.
“Yes I agree we have made a lot of errors but that is human nature because we all do that. I am sure you also make mistakes at your workplace so this is not something unusual,” Mapeza said.
“I have a young squad and they need everyone’s support and not being negative on them. You saw the potential they have.
“I am happy with the way we played though I feel we should have scored more goals. This is a lesson for the future.”
And his charges demonstrated their potential Wednesday with a storming first half performance to dispatch visiting Flame Lily.
Thabani Kamusoko put the home side ahead when his free kick on 20 minutes eluded Prosper Chigumba in goals for the visitors.
An injured Chugumba was then replaced by Earnmore Hamandishe but the latter could not stop Walter Musona’s header as Platinum doubled their lead.
Donald Ngoma then slammed a third goal in time added on in the first half to effectively end the game as a contest.
Mapeza praised his players after the game.
“It’s a long marathon,” he said.
“We are in the league to compete and that is what we are going to focus on.”
He said his players could have played better had the pitch not been water-logged after rains pounded the mining town before the game.
“The pitch was not in a good condition, we could not move the ball quick enough.”

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