Mapeza signs Masuku

Raymond Jaravaza
NORMAN Mapeza shows Platinum FC who is boss!

Zimbabwean coaches can learn a few lessons from fellow gaffer Norman Mapeza to not allow club executives to impose potential signings on them after he refused to sign Nqobizitha Masuku last season claiming he had not been consulted.

Masuku, on loan to Highlanders for the 2015 Premier Soccer League season from Bantu Rovers, has since joined FC Platinum for the new 2016 Premiership calendar.

The talented anchorman was supposed to have moved to Zvishavane for the 2015 season but Mapeza blocked the transfer because he had not been consulted by the club executive.

But it seems the exploits of the midfielder in the Bosso black and white colours have made the FC Platinum coach reconsider.

In January last year, Masuku made headlines after a reported move to FC Platinum only to turn up at Bosso on a one-year loan.

At the time, Mapeza is said to have requested to personally assess the player as the Young Warriors captain had joined the team when the coach was in Harare doing a CAF A Licence course.

It has, however, now emerged that Mapeza refused to let Masuku be part of his team as he felt that decisions to acquire new players must be left to the technical team and not the executive.

B Metro has it on good authority that the coach and player buried the hatchet in August last year after a match at Barbourfields in which Bosso lost 2-1 to FC Platinum.

“Mapeza acknowledged that Masuku is a good player but because he had not been consulted by the executive to acquire the player, he sent Masuku away. As the head coach Mapeza wanted to send a clear message to the executive that the technical team should be left to make decisions on which players to bring into the team,” said a source.

Mapeza is on holiday with his family and could not be reached for comment.

Platinum FC public relations officer Chido Chizondo said Masuku was supposed to join the team last season but the move was thwarted by a late release from his parent club Bantu Rovers.

“There were delays in releasing Nqobizitha Masuku by his club Bantu Rovers because he was supposed to go to Belgium and South Africa for trials. Platinum FC were playing in the CAF Confederations Cup at the time so it was agreed that he will join the team the following year and he has done so,” said Chizondo.