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NORMAN Mapeza the FC Platinum coach could have seen his men going down one nil at home to Highlanders in a league match last Sunday but he still believes that good times are coming to the institution.
Despite the defeat he still wore a brave face and after the final whistle he commanded his men and headed towards the southern bay to salute the Kugona Kunenge Kudada fans who for the first time this season packed the bay.
a�?A loss happens in football. I am proud of the boys but it was not our day. We created chances and if you dona��t score goals you usually get punished.
a�?They (Highlanders) came with a positive mind just like us but it was not just our day.
a�?We still have more games to play and we will take each game as it comes. We are now preparing for our next match against Triangle,a�� said the soft spoken coach.
Bosso capitalised on a defensive mix up between captain Daniel Veremu and Aaron Katebe in the second minute that saw Charles Sibanda punishing his former team. Despite the setback, Platinum showed character and all the teams still to play the miners need to be aware that they will not get points on a silver platter.
Despite his first defeat Mapeza still showed he is the only coach who can inspire and take the platinum family to the winnera��s podium something which the best coachesa�� in the country have failed at Kugona Kunenge Kudada. The championship race still has 27 points to play for and they have already pushed themselves into the race.
When DeMbare hired Callisto Pasuwa to replace Lloyd Mutasa, in 2011, the Glamour Boys had played 18 games and their championship was stuttering. Pasuwa then turned it around in the last eleven games and won the championship.
Mapeza replaced the same coach at Platinum, after 18 games of the season and it still remains to be seen if Platinum can go on the run and beat Dynamos and other teams into the race and win the championship.