PREMIERSHIP side FC PLATINUM has appointed former Warriors coach Norman Mapeza as replacement for Lloyd Mutasa who quit the club last week.
Mapeza takes over the club that was left by Mutasa at sixth-place on the league table.
The ex-Galatasaray man’s first assignment will be the Chibuku Super Cup first round match against Bantu Rovers on Saturday.
“FC Platinum has appointed with immediate effect Norman Mapeza as its head coach following the departure of Lloyd Mutasa, who left the club on Thursday last week following its less impressive showing in the first half of the year,” said club spokesperson Chido Chizondo in a statement.
“The FC Platinum club executive and management has appealed to its fans and stakeholders to support the new coach as he settles down in Zvishavane and seeks to guide the club to glory and success in both the Premier League and various cup competitions.”
The Zvishavane-based outfit has in the past appointed high-profile coaches like former Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo and Zambian national Tennant Chilumba with little success, however.
Club president George Mawere spoke highly of Mapeza’s football experience after a decent career at Turkish giants Galatasaray as well as guiding Monomotapa to the 2008 Premier Soccer League title.
“Mapeza joins the coaching department not because of any other motive but rather a mutual interest to work with the club structures to deepen professionalism and model the team into a competitive outfit,” said Mawere.
“He is a goal driven individual with experience at European, African and national team levels. He has played in Poland, Turkey and South Africa and coached Caps United and Monomotapa during the year they won the premier league championship.”
Mapeza had been on a coaching hiatus for the past two years following his by Zifa from the Warriors post after being implicated in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.
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