Mapeza tips Ngezi for cham­pi­onship

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Mukudzei Ching­were Sports Reporter

FC PLAT­INUM coach Nor­man Mapeza be­lieves that this year’s Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer league ti­tle race will be be­tween Ngezi Plat­inum and his defending cham­pi­ons.

Ad­dress­ing the me­dia in Zvisha­vane ahead of their clash against Dy­namos in the cap­i­tal on Sun­day, Mapeza said the ar­range­ment where Ngezi Plat­inum will play a day be­fore will put his men un­der pres­sure.

The Mhon­doro min­ers have what looks like a winnable fix­ture on Satur­day against Bu­l­awayo City, a day be­fore sec­ond-placed FC Plat­inum take to the field against DeMbare.

Yes­ter­day Mapeza sin­gled out Ton­derai Ndi­raya’s men as their big­gest threat.

“My wish was that we play these games on the same day, us and Ngezi Plat­inum and other teams in the league,” he said.

“But that is how the fix­tures have been ar­ranged and the prob­lem is that when Ngezi win on Satur­day we will be trail­ing by six points which gives us pres­sure.

“We need to main­tain that gap, we do not want the gap to get big­ger and so it means we play the game with some kind of pres­sure that we do not want the gap to grow any big­ger.

“But there is noth­ing we can do as the fix­tures were this way.”

Mapeza said they were ready to take on the Glam­our Boys.

“We know the chal­lenges we are go­ing to face against Dy­namos and af­ter that re­sult last week their sup­port­ers will be be­hind ev­ery­one, their think­ing is that they have started win­ning matches.

“Like I said, phys­i­cally and men­tally, we are ready for the chal­lenge, we just have to go there and play our nor­mal game with a pos­i­tive mind,” said Mapeza.

The cham­pi­ons come to Ru­faro buoyed by their re­cent im­pres­sive run against the Harare giants where they have col­lected six points from them in the past two sea­sons.

Dy­namos have also had a bad start to the campaign, but the min­ers tech­ni­cal depart­ment have re­peat­edly warned they will not take that into con­sid­er­a­tion.

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