DESPITE last Saturday’s 2-1 league loss to Harare City at Rufaro Stadium, Platinum coach Norman Mapeza for the first time openly declared interest in winning the league title.
The defeat was a blow in FC Platinum’s quest for a maiden league crown, as it saw them dethroned from the log summit after closest rivals Caps United won away at Border Strikers the following day.
Caps United are now in control of the race with two points clear of second-placed FC Platinum with four games to go.
Circumstances contributing to FC Platinum’s loss were an early red card to midfielder Gerald Takwara, which saw them play for 75 minutes with a man short as well as the contentious Harare City second goal by William Manondo.
A distraught Mapeza has now let known his title intentions, after spending the larger part in diplomatic mode despite spending several weeks at the top of the log.
“We also want to win the championship but, you will never know what will happen in the remaining games. There are four games to play so we just leave everything to God,” Mapeza said.
“What is important now is to keep focus and collect as much maximum points as possible. Yes the competition is there and it is getting tougher but that is football for you. We are here to compete so we are up for the challenge. But as I said we leave everything in God’s hands.”
If FC Platinum win the league title, they will become the second team in the history of the Zimbabwean domestic championship to do so while based outside Harare or Bulawayo after St Paul’s Musami who did so in the 1960s.