FCP go continental. . .as they target Congolese, Nigerian players
STUNG by their insipid performances in the African Champions League, FC Platinum are looking at adding two Congolese players and a striker from Nigeria to boost their roster.
The reigning Zimbabwean champions, who have won the title in the last three years, are finding it difficult to make an impact on the continent.
Pure Platinum Play recently bowed out of Africa’s premier inter-club competition at the group stage after finishing bottom of Group B earlier this year.
The Zvishavane-based side suffered five defeats and managed to pick up only one point in the 1-1 home draw with Egyptian giants Al Ahly at Barbourfields Stadium.
More worrying for Hendrikus Pieter de Jongh’s side is the fact they only managed to score once throughout the competition in that draw with the Red Devils.
In fact, de Jongh’s side is still searching for their first ever win in the group stages in a run that has now stretched to 12 matches.
After winning the 2019 Castle Lager title, FC Platinum will again represent the country when the 2020-21 African Champions League commences in August later this year.
It is in that regard that the platinum miners have been methodical in their transfer business during this off-season.
At the moment, defender Felly Tshiyoyo Mulumba from the Democratic Republic of Congo and his compatriot Elie Kiyana Ilunga, who is a striker, are training with the Zimbabwean champions.
FC Platinum already have Congolese winger Nsiala Mawete Guyve as part of their roster after he joined the side during the 2019 mid-season transfer window from Zambian side NAPSA.
Nigerian striker Rasheed Omokafe Adeyanju, who is reportedly on de Jongh’s wish list, is expected in the country any day to join the club.
FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo confirmed the Congolese duo’s presence at Mandava Stadium but said no deals have been concluded yet.
“Of course they are foreign players training with the team. They need to impress the coach first for them to be signed. It’s all up to the coach to make a decision on them,” Chizondo told Daily News yesterday.
“As you know, we have continued into the 2020 season preparations after our participation in the Champions League. Our preparations for the 2020 season are underway.
“The entire team is working tirelessly to ensure we are ready for the new season. We have a lot of new faces joining the club and this is an indication of our aspirations as a club in 2020.”
In another huge statement of intent, FC platinum beat off stiff competition from the rest of the league giants to sign highly-rated former Warriors winger Silas Songani.
Dynamos, CAPS United and Harare City were all interested in the winger after he left Danish second tier side FC Sydvest towards the end of last year.
Pure Platinum Play were never in the conversation but they came from nowhere to land the signature of the 30-year-old, who will give them plenty of pace down the flanks this coming season.
At the start of this transfer window, FC Platinum swooped on the former Manica Diamonds’ pair of striker Stanley Ngala and midfielder Last Jesi.
De Jongh, who joined the club at the start of the year from Highlanders, was followed by midfielder Denzel Khumalo.
The club also signed former Triangle United duo of defender Donald Dzvinyai and utility player Ralph Kawondera, who was voted as the 2019 Soccer Star of the Year runner-up.
The other new arrivals at the club are goalkeeper Future Sibanda and striker Jimu Gwara, who were with ZPC Kariba, and defender Nomore Chinyerere from relegated side Hwange.
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