Platinum warns Dynamos
HARARE – FC Platinum have lost all four matches to Dynamos in the Castle Premiership since joining the top-flight two seasons ago, but their coach Tenant Chilumba is not intimidated by that record ahead of this afternoon’s clash.
The platinum miners’ bright start to the 2013 Castle Premiership season has spread hope across Zvishavane that the Zimbabwean football title will at last come to the football-crazy mining town.
But Platinum’s title credentials will be put to test this afternoon against the defending champions, a team they have failed to beat in their two-year stay in the top-flight.
The platinum miners have suffered two back-to-back defeats in 2011 and 2012, with the Glamour Boys going on to wrap up the championship in both seasons.
Perhaps the most brutal of them all was in 2011, when Platinum, playing in their maiden PSL season, were still firmly in the title race.
But they had Dynamos breathing down their necks, and on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon in November, the Glamour Boys and their merry band of supporters descended on Zvishavane and brought the small town to a virtual standstill.
It was one of the most cruel ways to lose the race for their first top-flight title as an own goal by defender Daniel Vheremu on 55 minutes consequently removed the fate of the championship out of their hands.
But as we have to come to know in football, history is only best kept for the archives.
And having learnt the lessons of failed campaigns, Platinum are not leaving anything to chance.
A blazing start to the 2013 season, coupled with Dynamos’ stuttering defence of their title, has given the miners hope that at last they can re-write the history books and become the first ever team from outside Harare and Bulawayo, the countries major football centres, to be crowned champions of Zimbabwe.
Platinum top the PSL standings with 15 points from six games while Dynamos lie seventh with eight points from the same number of games.
As for Dynamos, they will be a relieved lot ahead of the match, coming into it having finally ended their winless start to the season.
DeMbare opened with five draws before beating newly-promoted Tripple B 2-0 at the weekend to begin their season in earnest.
But Platinum coach Chilumba is not reading too much into the champions’ mini-revival, declaring yesterday that there “is nothing special about Dynamos.”
“We might not have beaten Dynamos before but this is 2013, it’s a new season, we are hoping to do well,” the Zambian told the Daily News yesterday.
FC Platinum’s attacking prowess has been the pinnacle of their early season promise with the having scored 13 goals in their last six games.
Whilst Platinum’s attack has been on fire, Dynamos have been toothless upfront, managing six goals if six games.
Added Chilumba: “Yes, Dynamos is a big team in the country. We respect them, they are a big club. But there is nothing that makes them special. We are in a good place right now and for us, the most important thing is to collect positive results. Everyone in the team knows what’s expected of them and everyone is geared up to do well.”