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Bosso plot to end FC Platinum jinx

Baltemar Brito

HIGHLANDERS will be hoping to finally end their eight-year winless streak against FC Platinum when the two teams clash in a league game at the weekend.

Bosso have not beaten the Zvishavane-based platinum miners in a league game in the last eight years, an unwanted record they desperately want to set straight.

But while pride is at stake for Bosso, FC Platinum are out to cement their top position on the way to their fourth consecutive league title under coach Norman Mapeza.

They won it in 2017, 2018 and 2019 before the league was put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their last meeting was in April this year at Mandava Stadium in an ill-fated tie that was abandoned with FC Platinum leading 1-0. The match was later awarded to the home side on a 3-0 scoreline after the Bosso fans were found guilty of pitch invasion when protesting a penalty decision to the hosts.

The Bulawayo giants last beat FC Platinum in 2014 at Mandava, the year Harare giants Dynamos completed their own streak of four titles on the trot, a feat about to be matched by the platinum miners.

Since then, Highlanders have gone through several coaches: Kelvin Kaindu, Bongani Mafu, Erol Akbay, Amin Soma-Phiri, Madinda Ndlovu, Pieter de Jongh and Mandla Mpofu.

The incumbent Baltemar Brito hopes to be the one to break the hoodoo against Mapeza’s side.

As it stands, FC Platinum need to win their next three games to claim the title, with Chicken Inn and Dynamos fighting for the second spot.

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