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» » Moza-bound FC Platinum still confident despite home draw

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ZVISHAVANE - FC Platinum coach Lizwe Svesve is confident and still dreams big for his boys ahead of the Confederations of African Football (CAF) second round return match in Mozambique next weekend.
This comes despite the club drawing against lowly-ranked Mushowani Stars last Saturday at Mandava Stadium.
Svesve, who took over the reins at Pure Platinum Play after Norman Mapeza threw in the towel earlier this month, said he was happy with his team’s performance.
FC Platinum were held to a nil all draw by the Madziva-based Mushowani Stars who are in the relegation zone.
“I am actually happy with the way my boys played. It’s unfortunate that we could not score but the good thing is we created chances and with a bit of lucky, we could have reaped maximum rewards from one or two of those chances,” said Svesve.
Asked if the draw affected their confidence ahead of the CAF champions league match in Mozambique, Svesve said he was not bothered.
“This will not affect us at all as this is a different game all together. We are carrying a 1-0 lead to Mozambique and that alone is a morale-booster so we are not worried at all. The champions league is a different game with a different approach,” he said.
After the match, Mushohwani coach Newman Mashipe was beaming with joy as he probably could not believe that his team had just managed to hold one of the best-performing clubs in the PSL.
“I am happy with the result. FC Platinum are the reigning champions and are playing in the champions league so drawing here at Mandava, their home ground, is a good result and just collecting a point away from home is remarkable,” said Mashipe.
The Mushowani gaffer praised his goalkeeper Admire Masuku for making some brilliant saves that kept the team’s hopes alive throughout the match.

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