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FC Platinum match CAPS in friendly

[Posted 20 Mar 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
CAPS failed to win against PSL rookies FC Platinum in a friendly in Harare on Friday

Harare giants CAPS United, perennial pre-season favourites to lift the Premier Soccer League title in Zimbabwe, were left with homework before the new season kicks off, after visiting FC Platinum held them to 1-1 draw at Rufaro Stadium on Friday.

The visiting Platinum miners paraded their star-studded side which looks like Zimbabwe's CHAN squad, and demonstrated why everyone in the PSL should take them seriously this season, when they stole the lead in the First Half through Thabani Kamusoko.

The former Dynamos midfieder appeared to have disappeared into oblivion in the second stanza of the match, but FC Platinum gave a good account of themselves.

CAPS clawed back into the game, and forced opposition defender Phillip Vheremu into a forced error in conceding an own goal in the second half, as pressure told on the visitors.

The home team threatened to overrun the visitors in the opening minutes of the match, but the experience of Daniel Vheremu and Norman Togara at the back steadied the ship for the Zvishavane-based side after threating attacks from Washington Pakamisa, Pride Tafirenyika and Evans Gwekwerere.

Other notable stars in the FC Platinum side included Menard Mupera, Warriors players Tafadzwa Dube, Zephaniah and Joel Ngodzo, Bheki Ncube and Charles Sibanda.

Platinum coach Benjamin Moyo revealed that his team targets a top four finish at the end of the season in the PSL.

“There is no point to prove because basically the game is almost the same. However, we have come into the elite league to compete with everyone and at least finish in the top four,” Moyo said after the match.

If his team of mega-stars can gel together and play like a well-oiled machine, there is no reason on paper why Moyo's team can not achieve the target set by their coach.

However, it is to be remembered that there are necessary ingredients which should properly work together to achieve success in a marathon competition like a league, and the presence of mega stars alone is not a guarantee of success, Moyo needs to be reminded of this. 

The CAPS team of two seasons ago is a case in point. The team had stars such as Nyasha Mushekwi, Method Mwanjali, Lionel Mtizwa, Oscar Machapa, Tafadzwa Rusike, Khama Billiat, to name but a few, yet the team failed to win the league title that season. 



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