HARARE – FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa has urged his players to bounce back with a victory over town rivals Shabanie Mine after their defeat to Triangle in the Castle Premiership last weekend.
The Platinum miners lost 2-1 to Triangle at Gibbo while Shabanie Mine were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Monomotapa at Maglas on the same day.
Mutasa who will be in charge of his second Zvishavane derby and his first in the league, is confident his team will pick up the pieces and come out victorious on Saturday.
His first match as coach of Platinum against Shabanie Mine was in a BancABC Sup8r Cup final won by the Chinda Boys 4-2 in a penalty shootout. “I think coming from a defeat we would want to atone for last weekend’s defeat,” Mutasa told the Daily News.
“We should be hungrier and need to up our tempo so that we can finish in a respectable position considering that the destiny of the league is not in our hands and the best we can do is to win all our remaining matches.
“We are at home and will have the full backing of our fans; they have always been there for us even in the most difficult of times.”
Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere, said he looks forward to an entertaining derby although he bemoaned a number of injuries in his squad.
“I wouldn’t want to say much at this point in time, we are holding our first practice this afternoon (yesterday) since our last match on Sunday so we haven’t made any assessments yet,” Masomere said.