ZVISHAVANE – FC Platinum caretaker coach Lloyd Mutasa says he is under no illusion at the challenge that awaits him at his new team but is excited by the task that is ahead.
Mutasa was appointed to take charge of the Zvishavane-based club on an interim basis at the end of last week.
The Warriors’ assistant coach will be working together with Tendai Chikuni, who had earlier been given the reigns of the club after Tenant Chilumba quit earlier this month.
Samaita’s first challenge at the ambitious club will be negotiating their way past Highlanders in the quarterfinals of the BancABC Sup8r at Mucheke Stadium on Saturday.
“Like any other coach we are also playing to win. We obviously want to start by winning this match (against Highlanders),” Mutasa told the Daily News on Wednesday.
Mutasa was granted his clearance from the Zimbabwe Prison Services in time for Saturday’s game allowing him to sit on the bench.
The former Dynamos coach was forced to watch the platinum miners’ league victory over Black Rhinos last weekend from the terraces as he awaited the clearance.
After a bright start to the season, Platinum faded towards the halfway mark of the season when they went without a win for six games.
Chilumba also came under unnecessary pressure from the highly demanding club’s executive which forced him to quit Platinum for Power Dynamos in his native Zambia.
Mutasa was fully aware of the high expectations at the club when he agreed to take the job and is relishing a chance to be back in club football again.
“Football has always been a pressure game even during our playing days it was all about pressure,” Mutasa said, adding:
“Irrespective of the team one will coach there is always a pressure. And I’m here to do what is expected.”
After the recent disappointments in the league putting on a decent cup run in the Sup8r competition is the perfect remedy the platinum miners need at this juncture.
One thing that will be on their side is the fact that their Saturday opponents, Highlanders are low on confidence heading into this match.
Bosso suffered two defeats on the trot at the hands of Chicken Inn and CAPS United inside four days last week.
The Bulawayo giants also saw their lead at the top of the Castle Premiership log being cut by Chicken Inn following those two defeats.
If there was any perfect time to play against Highlanders it would be at this point when doubts are beginning to creep into the Bosso squad.
Friday: Chicken Inn v Shabanie Mine (Mandava)
Saturday: Highlanders v FC Platinum (Mucheke)
Sunday: Dynamos v Buffaloes, Motor Action v Monomotapa (Gibbo).