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FC PLATINUM vice-captain Thabani Kamusoko has thrown his weight behind coach Lloyd Mutasa ahead of their Castle Lager Premiership showdown against a grieving CAPS United at Mandava this afternoon.

The platinum miners are looking for their first win following a slow start to the season while the Green Machine, whose president Twine Phiri is mourning the loss of his mother who passed away in Harare on Thursday, are unbeaten in three matches.

Kamusoko said the players were fully behind Mutasa who stirred controversy this week when he fired his long-time friend Masimba Dinyero from the position of assistant coach.

There are unsubstantiated claims that Dinyero, who called Mutasa a coward after the fallout, was sabotaging the team.

“We are fully behind our coach. We believe in him, we trust him and we love him. He is a good coach and he is going to deliver,” said Kamusoko.

“Our defeat at home against Hwange at home a few weeks ago and the draw against Chicken Inn last Monday was just a bad spell.

“Tomorrow (today) we are going to come out with a positive result. We are going to make sure that CAPS United fall and we will remain focused until the last minute.

“Everyone in the team is aware that we need maximum points.”

Dinyero’s fallout with Mutasa was a dramatic development but the players feel they need to give their fans something to smile about and take the focus away from what is happening in their technical team.

Mutasa has promoted his teenage gems, his son Wisdom and his friend Walter Musona, and both have made a huge impact.

In the absence of Ali Sadiki, who is attending trials with Aaron Katebe in the DRC at TP Mazembe, Musona is set to get another run in the first team and is brimming with confidence after scoring against Chicken Inn.

Big forward Njabulo Ncube, the crowd favourite, will miss the tie this afternoon as he is still nursing an injury, so will be the team captain Daniel Veremu and goalkeeper Francis Tizayi.

FC Platinum has never won against CAPS United since gaining promotion in 2011 with their best showing being a draw against the Green Machine.

The miners were beaten 0-2 by CAPS United in 2012, when they were under the guidance of Tendai Chikuni, at home after losing 2-1 away under Rahman Gumbo.

“We are happy that Mutasa has blended youth with experience and we are calling for maximum support from our fans from this afternoon until the last day of the season,” said Kamusoko.

“All shall be well.”

CAPS United arrive in Zvishavane disappointed that they failed to beat Buffaloes after creating some good chances, in the first half, of their tie at Gwanzura on Easter Sunday.

Coach Tau Mangwiro wants his team to do more, especially in their conversion of chances, if they are to realise their dreams of ending nine years of waiting for the league championship. Dominic Chungwa has started the season well, with two goals in three matches, but CAPS United fans expect more from the supporting cast in their forward line.

Pervington Zimunya, who was a goal-scoring midfielder during his time at Shabanie, returns to Zvishavane for another duel with FC Platinum, this time in the colours of the Green Machine.

Goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube also returns to the stadium that was his home for some time before he decided, at the beginning of last year, to return to the capital.

Dube was part of the FC Platinum team that failed to get a draw, which would have given them the league title three years ago at home against Dynamos, but he is hopeful that he can win the big prize with the Green Machine.

Source : The Herald