FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza has vowed that he is ready to fight to defend his title and his first half success record suggests that his side should avoid the pitfalls of complacency if they hope to dominate the local premier league again.
Mapeza is the brains behind derailing Ngezi Platinum from the apex of the league as the mid-season break was reaching its peak.
The question of who motivates the motivator for FC Platinum has always been posed.
While the general assumption is that his fat wallet fed by his pay masters every month is the motivation, Mapeza is purely driven by fear to lose games.
a�?Losing a game affects me mentally. If affects me spiritually and affects me physically, thata��s why every match l try to motivate the boys to my level best so that we leave every game the victorious side,a�? said Mapeza.
He went on to say that the effects of losing a match do not subside when he leaves the pitch, but they even follow him to his house.
a�?My mood always changes after my team succumbs to a loss. I find myself becoming irritated for the smallest things.
Ita��s not good for someone who lives with other people, so I try to avoid that by winning at all costs,a�? he said.
The 2017 premier soccer league coach of the year is haunted by a few setbacks which befell him in the second half of the season as the team has not performed to its best.
FC Platinum lost 1-2 at home to ZPC Kariba, drew 1-1 with Yadah stars, and had a 0-0 draw against ZPC Kariba in games that were played before the PSL took a break to pave way for the harmonised elections.
Mapezaa��s hope is that the elections hangover will not crawl into the pitch, and that the players will wake up from the slumber they had taken in the first three games of the second half of the season if they hope to defend the title.
More so, being knocked out prematurely from the Caf competitions is also another pitfall that is driving the gaffer amok in his quest for the title.
a�?Our hope as a team is to get a second bite in the competitions. We are aiming that even if we are knocked out this time around it will be at a respectable position which will make the nation proud.
In support of Mapeza, one of the teama��s veteran players, Gift Bello buttressed the point that the few setbacks will not stand in their way in their quest for the title.
a�?That will not distract us from our goal which is to defend our title, besides it is still too early to talk about the championship.
a�?There will be ups and downs along the journey and mentally l think we are prepared for that,a�? said Bello.
Meanwhile, the gaffer said he has set sights on his next match during the weekend against Bulawayo City.
a�?We will be hoping to continue with our sensational form in the match ahead of us and we will be hoping to collect maximum points,a�? said Mapeza.