By Washington Sibanda
FC Platinum captain and goalkeeper Petros Mhari has attributed hardwork and self-belief as the key to his team reaching the group stages of the 2018/19 Total CAF Champions league ahead of their first match in Group B against South African giants Orlando Pirates at Babourfields stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The soft spoken goal minder who is one of the senior and key members of the Norman Mapeza coached side did not hide their dream of reaching the quarter finals of the Continent’s biggest club competition.
“We need to defend well and attack as a team by doing so I think we can go all the way and probably reach the last eight which for me will be okay”, said Mhari.
“Football is the same everywhere and on the game tomorrow against Orlando Pirates we just need to believe in ourselves that we can do it and that’s the message we have been preaching Mhari.in camp as players, to try and motivate each other”, said Mhari.
The 2017 and 2018 Zimbabwe league champions are in their maiden group stages qualification and know that they will have tough encounters away from home, picking up maximum points at home will be key in helping them realise their dreams.
The Platinum miners have been asked to play this group B match in Bulawayo and away from Mandava stadium which did not meet the Caf standards and the focus will be on the fans and no doubt the 12th man could turn out to be a very influential factor.
With many fans all over the country having pledged to rally behind the Platinum miners as they seek to raise the national flag high the Zimbabwean champions will be seeking to use that to their advantage as they target the Buccaneer’s scalp at Emagumeni.
“The fans should come in numbers to support us whether you are Highlanders, Caps united or Dynamos because it’s their support that will motivate us, I am sure we opted for Babourfields because it’s close to Zvishavane so I am urging all the fans to come and rally behind us”, added