ZIMBABWE’S reigning football champions have parted ways with Congolese defender Felly Tshiyoyo Mulumba amid revelations that the player was heading to an unnamed Kenyan club.
The dreadlocked and imposing Mulumba joined Pure Platinum Play a year ago and he still had a running contract with the club.
“Mulumba is now heading to Kenya. We parted ways with him on mutual consent after he joined the club a year ago.
We are grateful for his commitment and we wish well in his future endeavours,” said FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo.
FC Platinum are Zimbabwe’s only representatives in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League and on Monday they were drawn against Mozambican giants Costa da Sol in the first round of the competition.
“It was a big relief for us to be drawn against a team from Southern Africa. It’s unlike in the previous campaigns where we started our first round matches with fixtures from North Africa. It’s an exciting development and we are getting ready to travel to Mozambique,” said Chizondo.
The first leg will be played between 27 and 29 November while the second leg has been set for between 5 and 7 December.
This will be Costa da Sol first ever CAF champions league play-offs.
Fondly known as the Sunshine Costa da Sol, they reportedly resumed their training in preparation for the Caf Champions League in August.
They have played a number of friendly games against Mozambique Under 20 national football team that will be participating in the Cosafa Under-20 championship.
FC Platinum started conducting their group workouts late last month and if they do manage to clear the Costa da Sol hurdle, the three-time Zimbabwe champions will face the winner between Plateau United from Nigeria or Simba United from Tanzania.
Last season, the Zvishavane side finished with 62 points, four above Chicken Inn and five more than Caps United, who needed an outright win to claim the championship.
The platinum miners have been busy on the market and they recently raided the Highlanders camp for Denzel Khumalo and Brian Banda.
The club also boasts of the services of seasoned defender Gift Bello, goalkeeper Petros Mhari, Gift Mbweti, Silas Songani, winger Rahman Kutsanzira, stocky Stanley Ngala, national team central defender Lawrence Mhlanga, utility player William Stima, holding midfielder Kelvin Madzongwe and Rainsome Pavari among other talented players.