ZVISHAVANE – Not only in the political realm are defections common but in sport too as was evidenced by events at Mandava Stadium at the weekend when a number of FC Platinum fans abandoned Norman Mapeza after seeing their side's dream of clinching the premiership become a nightmare following a one all draw with Ngezi Platinum.
A number of disgruntled supporters who spoke to this publication made it clear they will not be supporting FC Platinum next season if the team fails to bring the silverware to Mandava.
They said they would rather go back to their roots – Shabani Mine FC – who are promising to come back into the premiership next season.
The draw in Mandava seemed to have extinguished title hopes for the Zvishavane-based side, which now lies third, and is trailing log leaders Caps United by two points with only three games left.
"Mapeza has failed to take us to Canaan, we need new blood we can't endure the pain anymore. It's better to support Division One football…it's not stressful," said a disgruntled fan.
"ZvePlatinum zvandikona ini, ukaona yavapa number 3 ziva kuti season yakupera, Bvaru Bvaru ikange nani (if you see FC Platinum at third position be assured that the season is towards its end, supporting Bvaru Bvaru is better).
"For the third year running, FC Platinum proved to be a potential title contender only to choke on the last hurdle. We have been leading for the greater part of the season only to be disappointed at last," said Tapiwa Phiri, a football fanatic.
However, a ray of light shone towards Pure Platinum play's way as Caps United drew three-all with Dynamos, leaving them with the hopes of turning the tables again if both Highlanders and Caps United drop points.
Mapeza's phone was unavailable by the time of this publication.news