Norman Mapeza’s job safe

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By Mukudzei Chingwere Norman Mapeza’s job remains very safe despite FC Platinum’s early exit from the CAF Champions League. The Zimbabwean champions were this week booted out of the CAF Champions League by Angolan side Clube Desportivo Primero de Agosto, falling 1-2 at Mandava for a 1-5 aggregate loss. FC Platinum head coach Norman Mapeza centre addresses a press conference at a local lodge yesterday, flanked by foreign signings Shadreck Mayembe (left) from Zambia Albert Eonde from Cameroon. Club chairman Evans Mtombeni said though Mapeza failed to achieve the objectives…

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FC Platinum bundled out of Champs League

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By Mukudzei Chingwere FC Platinum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0 1Primero de Agosto . . . . . . . . . (0) 2(Primero de Agosto win 5-1 on aggregate) FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza refused to bury his head in shame after bowing out of the CAF Champions League at the preliminary hurdle “claiming only those in football will understand what hit his team’’ at Mandava yesterday. De Agosto players celebrate a goal against FC Platinum The Zimbabwean…

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FC Platinum on the ropes

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FC Platinum on the ropes Norman Mapeza Mukudzei Chingwere Sports Reporter FC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza’s quest to lead his miners to a place among the heavyweights of African football FC Platinum on the ropes comes under severe scrutiny this afternoon in the second leg of the preliminary round CAF Champions League tie against Angolan champions, Clube Desportivo Primero De Agosto, at Mandava. The Zimbabwean champions fell 0-3 in the first leg last week in Angola and now have their work cut out ahead of the return leg at their…

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Angolan giants wary of last year’s ghost

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Angolan giants Clube Desportivo de Agosto believe their encounter with Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champions FC Platinum is not a done and dusted match. The Angolan said this time they won’t be any room for mistakes for them to bow out of the lucrative CAF Champions League. Last year they were eliminated at this stage of the competition by Uganda’s Kampala City on the away goals rule. The Angolan outfit was defeated 1-0 in Kampala before they won 2-1 at home. Despite sitting comfortably on a 3-0 scoreline from the…

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Barca heroics inspire Mapeza

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By Mukudzei Chingwere FC Platinum are refusing to be drowned in the sorrows of defeat after succumbing to a 0-3 defeat at the hands of Angolan side, Clube Desportivo de Agosto, in the first leg of their preliminary round match in the CAF Champions League. FC Platinum head coach Norman Mapeza centre addresses a press conference at a local lodge yesterday, flanked by foreign signings Shadreck Mayembe (left) from Zambia Albert Eonde from Cameroon. Coach Norman Mapeza had set himself a target of reaching, at least, the group stages of…

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Mapeza won’t commit suicide

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Norman Mapeza Grace Chingoma Senior Sports ReporterFC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza says only a foolish gaffer will send his team into an all-out attack against their Angolan opponents Clube Desportivo in Luanda in a CAF Champions League preliminary round, first leg tie on Sunday. He says his men do not have the experience of playing at this level of the game and will approach their assignment with a lot of caution. However, the former Warriors coach, who addressed a media briefing in the capital just before the team’s departure yesterday morning, remained…

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No regrets for Mapeza

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By Mukudzei Chingwere FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has described the club’s final squad for the Champions League as the best the Zvishavane miners could have assembled The Premiership kings made adjustments to the squad they submitted to the Confederation of African Football in time for yesterday’s deadline. Mapeza’s men sent in a revised 27-man list that took into account the fact that they had failed to secure the services of such players as midfielders Liberty Chakoroma, who elected to stay on at Ngezi Platinum and Nqobizitha Masuku, who is…

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