All eyes will shift to Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions, FC Platinum who make their third CAF Champions League appearance against CNaPS Sport of Madagascar tomorrow.
It is going to be a tough encounter for Pure Platinum Play as they head into battle against Madagascar’s top flight club CNaPS Sport in what promises to be a tricky contest in Wednesday’s CAF preliminary round first leg encounter in Madagascar.
Carrying seven domestic football titles, CNaPS Sport is not new to the African safari, appearing in Africa’s biggest club competition for the third time.
Having made their debut appearance in 2011, Cnaps booked another ticket in the jungles of Africa in 2014, but on both occasions the Madagascan giants were knocked out in the preliminary stage.
FC Platinum are without key players; Rahman Kutsanzira and Ali Sadiki who have been ruled out by injury, but they hope to avoid embarrassment as was the case early this year when they were hammered 5-1 on aggregate by Angolan giants, Primeira de Agosto to exit the tournament the preliminary stage.
Norman Mapeza, who is yet to guide a team into the mini-league phase, will be in the coming weeks be put to the test, with the champions’ pedigree on the African safari expected to come under scrutiny.
The platinum miners are seeking to become only the fourth team to progress to the CAF Champions League mini-league phase, a feat achieved by Dynamos, Monomotapa and Caps United.