WHILE it is an open secret that FC Platinum are bossing the local football scene, judging from their two African Safari campaigns, it does not need chameleonic caution for one to say the free spending Zvishavane football outfit is failing to make an impression in the jungles of African football.
The 2018/ 2019 Caf Champions League calendar saw Pure Platinum Play make their debut dance in the group stages of this inter club football contest where they did battle against South Africa’s Orlando Pirates, Horoya Athletic Club of Guinea and Tunisia’s Esperance.
In that regard, after playing six group matches, Platinum who were then under the guidance Norman Mapeza managed to collect a paltry two points from a possible 18 (11% success rate) after they drew with the Buccaneers nil all in their home fixture and 2-2 away.
They lost the other four matches (FC Platinum 0 Horoya 1, Horoya 2 Platinum 0, Esperance 2 FC Platinum 0, and Platinum 1 Esperance 2) meaning it was a campaign that saw Pure Platinum Play manage to score three goals in 540 minutes of action where they conceded nine times to leave them at a goal difference of minus six.
Despite the claims by assistant coach Lizwe Sweswe that they have been improving by each outing, positive results have continued to elude the platinum miners in the 2019/ 2020 Caf Champions’ League group stages where they have played four games so far.
The Zimbabwe’s three-time champions have lost thrice (Al Hilal 2 FC Platinum 1, FC Platinum 0 Etoile du Sahel 3, Al Ahly 2 FC Platinum 0) and recently played a one all draw against Egyptian giants Al Ahly at Barbourfields Stadium.
With two games to play against Al Hilal (home 25 January) and Etoile du Sahel (away 1 February), this means FC Platinum have managed to gain one point and they have surrendered a massive 11 points to put them on a 9% success rate.
In the ongoing group competition, the Midlands-based side has found the back of the net twice against eight goals and they sit at the bottom of the table with one point and they are on a goal difference of -6 goal.
In the combined two Caf Champions’ League group stages sojourns, the country’s football champions, who last week welcomed Dutch gaffer Hendrik Pieter de Jongh as their new technical team boss, have managed to score five goals and pick three points from a possible 30, a development that puts them on a worrying 10% success rate.