Super Platinum!

Shelly Guni

FC Platinum have a stronghold on the local game and they have the trophies to show for it.

Their recent capture of yet another league medal means they now have four Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles to their name.

Pure Platinum were confirmed the 2022 PSL champions with four games to spare.

How did they do it?

The Zvishavane-based club began the season on a slow note. However, the team went on an unprecedented ten-game run without conceding a goal. An excellent model of what was to follow throughout the season.

They have an unbeaten record of 19 games. They have only allowed 13 goals this season, but their string of shutouts has catapulted them to clear favorites to win the title again.

Walter Musona has been a key part of FC Platinum’s league success this season.

Just when we thought he couldn’t have a better season, the former Young Warriors star has broken his best individual return in terms of goal involvement in a single season. He is second on the top goal-scorers list with 12 goals to his name.

Goalkeeper, Wallace Magalane, who became a regular after captain and first choice goal-keeper Petros Mhari was sidelined due to an injury, has contributed to the club’s low concession rate and their ability to swap out individuals in that back but still keep the same mentality and form was key.

Only three league losses so far this season

And despite the title win, the club’s head coach, Norman Mapeza, was recently quoted as saying they want to finish on a high note: “We need to keep the same approach. We need to finish the job on a high note. We don’t have to change our approach and that desire we have had since the season started. “

Platinum has certainly worked around that model; the champions have lost just three games this season. Two defeats have come away at Luveve to Bulawayo Chiefs and at National Sports Stadium to Herentals, who also knocked them out of the prestigious Chibuku Super Cup.

The third loss was at the hands of Ngezi Platinum Stars at their back yard in Zvishavane.

Depth

A lot is made of the buying power of FC Platinum in the transfer market, but little is acknowledged about the work put in behind the scenes to find the right balance to form a successful squad.

Mapeza once explained how he was concentrating on building the team after they changed their policy on the age of players going into this season.

“My main worry is to just keep developing these young kids. Wherever we are on the log, we are not too worried about it. What we want is to keep working hard and keep giving these youngsters a chance to play football. “

Young blood is the future. This strategy has worked wonders once more, with Musona’s recent form a testament to it.

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