FC Platinum to launch bid for Bosso captain

FC Platinum to launch bid for Bosso captain
Published: 06 December 2017 (773 Views)
FLAMBOYANT Zimbabwean football champions FC Platinum are preparing to launch bids for Highlanders captain Rahman Kutsanzira as well as Ngezi Platinum fullback and 2017 Soccer Star of the Year finalist Qadr Amini, as they prepare for the Caf Champions League campaign next year.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza, mindful of the need to strengthen his squad, is also targeting highly-rated Zimbabwe Under-20 striker Delic Alfornce Murimba, who turns out for relegated Hwange.

Murimba is part of the Under-20 squad that left for Zambia yesterday for the regional Cosafa tournament.

But it is the planned raid of Bosso and Ngezi Platinum dressing rooms that demonstrate their seriousness in moulding a squad that can compete at the top level.

Informed sources said this week, apart from the trio, Mapeza has also identified Ngezi Platinum midfielder Liberty Chakoroma as a direct replacement for Gerald Takwara.

Takwara will be leaving for South Africa to join Ajax Cape Town in the January transfer window after impressing during trials.

"FC Platinum have targeted some players from Ngezi Platinum, Qadr Amini and Liberty Chakoroma. There is also interest in Highlanders midfielder Rahman Kutsanzira and initial moves have already been made. Another player who has also attracted Mapeza's interest is Murimba from Hwange. The coach doesn't want to upset the balance of his team. While he wants experience at this stage of the campaign, he is also trying to blend with youth," the source said.

Kutsanzira will be a free agent at the end of the month as his contract with Highlanders expires on December 31.

Club spokesperson Chido Chizondo, however, said she was not aware of the targeted players, but promised to make an announcement once there were any signings.

FC Platinum might also recall some of their players whom they had loaned to other clubs including Ishmael Wadi, who was playing for Bulawayo City, and exciting forward Nigel Papius, who featured for relegated Bantu Rovers.

Midfielder Cleophas Kapupurika, who has been starring for Harare giants Dynamos, is also one of their players on loan.

This will be the second time FC Platinum will be playing in the Caf Champions League after they failed to make it to the group stages in their maiden appearance in 2012 after falling to Al-Merreikh of Sudan.

In 2015, they played in the Caf Confederation Cup tournament, but their performance wasn't any better.

Mapeza's men bowed out in the first round despite edging Young Africans of Tanzania 1-0 in the return leg played at Mandava Stadium.

Having suffered a 5-1 loss in Tanzania, a 1-0 win in Harare meant they exited the tournament on a 5-2 aggregate loss.
They will, however, be aiming to improve from that performance this time around.

They will, perhaps, be looking at emulating Caps United, who defied the odds this year to reach the lucrative group stage of the tournament for the first time in their history under the guidance of Lloyd Chitembwe, in the process beating fancied five-time African champions TP Mazembe.

In the group stages, they had a decent run, where they beat giants Zamalek of Egypt and USM Alger (Algeria) even though they failed to progress further.

- newsday

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Unrealistic expectations on the first hundred days of the president

by Dr Masimba Mavaza | 23 January 2018 | 96 Views

The tragedy of littering

by Clive Chiridza | 23 January 2018 | 57 Views

The Future of Gambling in Southern Africa

by Staff Reporter | 23 January 2018 | 43 Views

How's Zimbabwe's gaming scene compared to USA gaming scene?

by Staff Reporter | 23 January 2018 | 36 Views

Confusion as Zimbabwe promises review of elephant exports amidst global condemnation

by Adam Cruise and Christina Russo | 23 January 2018 | 49 Views

Financial scandal rocks Zimbabwe police

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 95 Views

Zesa workers demand 75% salary raise

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 88 Views

Duty on fuel reduced

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 87 Views

Chivayo deals: Heads to roll at Zesa

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 89 Views

Queen seeking to reconcile Britain with Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 133 Views

Cop acquitted of Charamba insult

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 90 Views

Man loses $100,000 cash to robbers

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 92 Views

Chiefs' cars not vote-buying

by Nick Mangwana | 23 January 2018 | 70 Views

Zesa insolvent, expects increased loss

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 55 Views

2 new opposition parties unveiled

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 90 Views

No electric train for Bulawayo, but Mutare-Harare on cards

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 71 Views

Mnangagwa to name Zanu-PF's elections directorate

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 68 Views

Mzembi, Undenge back in court

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 55 Views

Merlin readies to resume production

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 69 Views

New war vets association on the cards

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 69 Views

Bus war kidnap drama

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 76 Views

D-day for Maphepha

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 52 Views

Charamba denies clips on social media

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 94 Views

Headmaster collapses, dies

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 169 Views

Scramble to meet Mnangagwa at World Economic Forum?

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 111 Views

'Zisco debt must be audited'

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 57 Views

Beitbridge border post ceiling collapses

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 37 Views

Heads to roll at Zesa

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 44 Views

Bulawayo Bomber to face Knife

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 87 Views

Midget poses as goblin

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 35 Views

Minister sues Hwange Colliery

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 33 Views

Wicknell's woes mount

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 52 Views

Chihuri fingered in fake spot fine books scam

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 117 Views

Mnangagwa, Zhuwao face off in Davos

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 210 Views

Mnangagwa fires State House director

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 51 Views

Robert Mugabe University plans shelved

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 42 Views

'Mnangagwa must pardon political convicts'

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 25 Views

Mnangagwa to hold mass mobilisation rallies

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2018 | 44 Views