Football observers concur FC Platinum will require thorough preparations after being drawn to play high level opposition in the group phase of the CAF Champions League.

FC Platinum will have to bring their ‘A’ game if hopes of reaching the knockout phase of the CAF Champions League are to be realised, in what will be their maiden dance in the mini-league of Africa’s biggest club competition.

Facing reigning African champions Esperance, former CAF Champions League winners Orlando Pirates and Guinea’s Horoya AC will be an acid test for Pure Platinum Play who will be looking to test themselves against formidable opposition.

While there is consensus FC Platinum are in for some gruelling battles, CAF Champions League silver medallist Harlington Shereni said the mini-league will present a different challenge altogether thus the need for thorough preparation by the Zimbabwean champions.

Following yesterday’s (Friday) draw, football analyst Alois Bunjira said though, a tough group on paper, there is no easy team in the group stage of the competition.

Orlando Pirates will be well known to Zimbabwean football faithfuls who will be relishing the prospect of FC Platinum seeking to upset the South African giants who have Warriors player Marshall Munetsi on their books.

Three time winners and reigning champions Esperance will be the most formidable of the opposition, with Guinea’s Horoya AC are also no pushovers after reaching the quarter finals of the 2018 CAF Champions League.