FC Platinum faces collapse

Platinum miners Mimosa have threatened to sell their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League franchise at the end of the season if FC Platinum fails to finish in the top four and also win the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

Report by Staff Writer

FC Platinum has frustrated the owners who expect much after pouring a lot of money into the team when it gained promotion into the topflight league.

Platinum went on a spending spree which started off with the disbanding of the entire squad which had won promotion into the elite league, for experienced players from other topflight clubs, but the team has found the going tough this season.

After finishing a credible second in its debut season, this season’s performance has been so terrible that it has already claimed the scalp of coach Rahman Gumbo.

With frustrations mounting, the mine management has issued an ultimatum that the club finishes the season with something or be sold.

According to reliable sources, the situation is gloomy in the free-spending side’s camp and the technical team as well as the players are aware of the owners’ threat.

“There is a real threat that the franchise could be sold after this season. The bosses are not happy because a lot has been poured into the club but we have nothing to show for it,” said a source. “We have been told that if we fail to win the cup and finish among the top four, the franchise will be sold.”

The underachievers were hammered 3-0 by Motor Action at the weekend and are in danger of finishing outside the top-eight.

Club spokesperson Philemon Muvengwa denied there was an ultimatum from the company.

“So many things are said about FC Platinum. We have been linked with so many coaches among other things,” said Muvengwa. “Our target this season was to win the league title but since we have failed, we are looking to finish in a respectable position. I do not know anything about an ultimatum.”

Despite boasting the fattest pay cheques, the team has suffered nine defeats this season; three of which were in the last five matches. It has won 11 out of the 25 games played so far, showing Gumbo’s dismissal has now backfired.

Platinum faces Shabanie in a Zvishavane derby for a place in the Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final.

Shabanie has performed well this season despite operating on a shoestring budget compared to its rich rivals.
The team is two points above Platinum.

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