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FC Platinum to miss three key players against Esperance

9:13 AM EDT 3/15/19
Kelvin Madzongwe FC Platinum
The Zimbabwean champions are yet to taste victory in five Caf Champions League group stage matches

FC Platinum’s bid to record their first ever Caf Champions League victory has received a setback as they will miss three key players when they host defending champions Esperance Tunis at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.

The platinum miners will be without defender Kelvin Moyo and midfielder Kelvin Madzongwe who are both suspended, as well as forward Lameck Nhamo, who has been reported sick.

Moyo was red-carded in last week’s 2-2 draw away at Orlando Pirates, while Madzongwe received his second group stage yellow card during the same match.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza will have to adjust his squad as he seeks to guide the team to their maiden group stage win.

“For us, it’s work in progress,” Mapeza told NewsDay.

“It is a good experience and with the boys at my disposal, I think we will reach even bigger goals and right now, we are going to focus on the last game against Esperance before shifting focus to the local league. We have to push and maintain shape and I am confident the boys will deliver even more glory to the club.”

However, Cameroonian forward Albert Eonde, who could not secure a visa on time for the trip to face Orlando Pirates, is expected back in the squad.

While already eliminated FC Platinum are searching for a maiden win in the tournament, Esperance could be treating this match as a dead rubber as they have already qualified for the quarter-finals and are guaranteed to finish as Group B leaders even if they lose.