Friends of War­riors rally be­hind FCP

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ta­dious Manyepo Sports Re­porter

AS FC Plat­inum plunge into bat­tle in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League group match against South African giants Or­lando Pi­rates at Bar­bour­fields this af­ter­noon, sup­port­ers’ group­ing, Friends of the War­riors, has urged Zim­bab­weans to cre­ate a vol­canic at­mos­phere which will work in favour of the Zvisha­vane team.

The Nor­man Mapeza-led team was forced to shift base for the group

games after their Man­dava fortress was con­demned by CAF.

They are in Group B along with hold­ers Esper­ance of Tu­nisia, Guinea’s Horoya as well as their op­po­nents this af­ter­noon.

Pi­rates com­mand a huge fol­low­ing es­pe­cially in Bu­l­awayo where their relationship with High­landers is well doc­u­mented.

Whilst the Zim­bab­wean rep­re­sen­ta­tives have made their own ef­forts to ferry sup­port­ers from their Zvisha­vane base, other clubs such as Chicken Inn have been lob­by­ing their fans to rally be­hind them as a sign of pa­tri­o­tism.

And the sup­port­ers have added their voice, en­cour­ag­ing each other to join hands for FC Plat­inum’s cause.

Friends of the War­riors pres­i­dent, Ed­ward Chimedza, said the fans should put aside their club dif­fer­ences and unite for the good of the coun­try’s foot­ball.

He said FC Plat­inum haven’t got a huge sup­port base as other clubs like CAPS United, Dy­namos and High­landers but Zim­bab­weans need to unite since the team is fight­ing a national cause.

“As Friends of War­riors, we ac­knowl­edge that most of Zim­bab­wean soc­cer fol­low­ers sup­port Or­lando Pi­rates in the ABSA Pre­mier­ship. It’s a fact that they are charm­ing and one of the giants

of African foot­ball as per records.

“But, all that should not sway us into ral­ly­ing be­hind them whilst they are playing one of our own. If FC Plat­inum go all the way or even man­age to find a way to the quar­ter-fi­nals, it means Zim­babwe’s foot­ball stocks will rise.

“We also very much ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that FC Plat­inum are ri­vals to other clubs sin the do­mes­tic scene but that again can­not be good-rea­son enough to turn against our own team whose performance in this com­pe­ti­tion will be a yard­stick to mea­sure our do­mes­tic league’s com­pet­i­tive­ness,” said Chimedza.

He said they have put some lo­gis­tics for the Harare Chap­ter sup­port­ers as well as oth­ers from across the coun­try to be able to travel to Bu­l­awayo.

Sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the group­ing, Zi­vanai Muwashu, said their Bu­l­awayo col­leagues, led by Lyn Green, have been lob­by­ing sup­port­ers to come in their num­bers and cre­ate an elec­tric at­mos­phere at Bar­bour­fields.

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