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Not well oiled-Mapeza

BULAWAYO-(NEWSDAY)-FC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza has conceded that
his team is still a work in progress ahead of the 2017 Premier Soccer
League (PSL) season kicks off next month.The platinum miners were given a 3-0 hiding by Highlanders in the
Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Charities semi-final at Luveve Stadium on
Sunday.Higlanders will now face Caps United in the final on a date yet to be announced.Mapeza’s side, who had a training camp in South Africa last month,
also struggled against top-flight returnees Shabanie Mine in the CG
Msipa Charity Cup last week only to win the tournament in 4-1 in a
penalty shootout.After losing to Highlanders on Sunday, Mapeza, touted to take over the
Warriors’ coaching job, indicated that there were areas that he needed
to rectify at the Zvishavane-based side, but he was happy with the
fitness levels of his boys.

“For us it’s still work in progress. Our defenders played too wide
apart and made it easy for Highlanders to beat us on the
counter-attack especially on the second goal,” Mapeza side. “But this
gives us the opportunity to go back to the drawing board to rectify
some of our mistakes from what I have seen today. I think in two to
three weeks everything will be fine with us. In terms of positional
discipline I think we are still far. We played well, but we are not
going forward. Otherwise so far so good,” Mapeza said.

Brett Amidu, who replaced by Gerald Takwara in the 60th minute,
displayed some flashes of brilliance in midfield playing more on the
attack and Mapeza was impressed with his new acquisitions that also
included Gift Mbweti, signed from Hwange, and Talent Chawapiwa,
snatched from ZPC Kariba.

Last term FC Platinum finished second behind champions Caps United in
the PSL and this year they will start as one of the favourites again
after some business in the transfer market, which has seen them
strengthen although they also lost one of their best players from last
season, Walter Musona, who is now based in South Africa.

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