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Platinum at Rufaro, Hwange at Colliery for CAF matches

[Posted 23 Mar 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Platinum at Rufaro, Hwange at Colliery for CAF matches
After the failed battle to make the Confederation of African Football
see reason and allow FC Platinum to play their CAF Champions League
first round tie against El Merreikh of Sudan at their home ground
Mandava in Zvishavane, Zifa have resigned to staging that tie at Rufaro
in the capital.



"I can confirm that the match between FC Platinum and El Merreikh will now
be played at Rufaro.


We have tried to convince Caf to have the match remain at Mandava but they
have insisted we should move it to an alternative venue where there are hotel
facilities," Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze revealed this week.


All Zifa and FC Paaltinum attempts to charm CAF by offering El
Merreikh a chartered plane to the mining town of Zvishavane proved to be
attempts to charm a snake, and FC Platinum will have to bank on 'home' support from their band of travelling fans and patriots in Harare.

The Sudanese touched down at Harare International Airport this week and FC Platinum decided to show them what maturity is, treating them to a five star hotel in town and the best hospitality they have ever received on the road in Africa.

The excellent treatment that the El Merreikh delegation has enjoyed under the Harare sun has left the Executive Director Abdelbagi Sheikh Idris of the visiting team lost for words.

We want to thank FC for the hospitality. We have travelled in
Africa on many occasions and faced problems, some of them natural and some
man-made but FC Platinum have treated us very well here. 

I know this club
is still new in African football but their conduct is that of an established
institution. 

I want to promise them that when they come to Khartoum we will
treat them twice better than this. FC Platinum are a very professional side and
I tell you they will be a very big club in Africa, Idris who was part of the advance team that arrived on Monday said.

The good hospitality they enjoyed from their guests did not make them oblivious to what matters most, and torched rivalry for the tie on Saturday by claiming that they just want to beat the home team by 2-0 before finishing them off in Khartoum.

We are ready for them (FC Platinum). We came here to get a result. There is
always an advantage to play the first game away. We want to beat Platinum 2-0
here and then finish them off at home, said Siddig Ali, the El Merreikh team manager.

What audacity! One wonders if this is just confidence speaking or its a case of ignorance of the kind of opposition that awaits El Merreikh tomorrow.

FC Platinum convincingly beat Green Mamba of Swaziland 8-2 on aggregate (winning 4-2 away from home, and 4-0 at home).

While El Merreikh are seasoned campaigners in the Champions League, they will get a rude awakening home and away, if they are to ever undermine the quality of the FC Platinum side.

The Zimbabwean side boasts national team material in the form of players such as Daniel Veremu, Charles Sibanda, Donald Ngoma, Qadr Amini, goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube. They also have skillful players such as midfielders Ali Sadiki, Joel Ngodzo and Allen Gahadzikwa who can weigh in with crucial goals. He has so far scored thrice in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Hwange will play their Confederations Cup match against their Sudanese opponents Al Amal Arbata  at the Colliery Stadium. It seems like the Sudanese are touch customers to deal with.

After having been advised by Zifa to connect directly to Victoria Falls from Johannesburg, Al Amal Arbata chose to travel to Harare, from where they demanded to be flown to Victoria Falls on chartered plane which happened on Thursday. Flying to Vic Falls could have been easier for all parties involved.

The last  time Al Amal Arbata played in Zimbabwe they walloped Dynamos 5-1 in a Champ[ions League match in 1995, a shock defeat for African giants like Dynamos.

Hwange have done well to qualify for the next round, beating Jamhuri of Zanzibar 7-1 on aggregate.







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