FC Platinum official has refuted rumors suggesting that Coach Noman Mapeza will get a brand new SUV Toyota Fortuner plus $11,000 monthly salary for winning the 2017 Premier league title.
By Tongai Mwenje
Speaking to SportBrief, the club’s communications manager Chido Chizondo cleared the air around the reports doing rounds on social media.
“These are just speculation, there is nothing like that in the contract he signed long back. If anything changes we will advise,” Chizondo told SportBrief.
According to the report, Mapeza, who broke the 1967 record after leading his charges to their maiden PSL tittle would get a salary increment and a brand new car.
The report went on to suggest that Mapeza’s salary would be pegged at $11,000 minus bonus, up from $7,500 for bringing the local league’s prestigious gong to the Zvishavane community.
Mapeza became the first coach in 50 years to win the Premier Soccer League with a team outside Harare and Bulawayo. The first record was set by St Paul Musamhi’s team in 1967.
Had FC Platinum drawn or lost to Chapungu, then Dynamos who eventually finished second would have spoilt the party again like they did back in 2011 when they spoilt the party for the Zvishavane-based outfit but this time it Mapeza’s men eventually got the job done.
Ngezi Platinum finished a credible third, a rampant showing by Tonderai Ndiraya’s troops as their targeted top four finish was achieved. 2015 champions, Chicken Inn finished fourth.
It was a great win for FC Platinum after five years of trying to get the much coveted PSL crown without success. Speaking on ZBC’s weekly sports programme, the Game Plan, Mushini weMaJuzi as Mapeza is popularly known said he will sit down with the club after Saturday’s game with Harare City at Mandava Stadium to plan for 2018 CAF Champions League.
The PSL Champions are set to meet Chibuku super cup winners Harare City in a once off match, Castle Challenge Cup, meant to celebrate the Premier Soccer league’s 25th anniversary
Club president George Mawere in his statement after the historic event said the club wants to be among the best clubs not only in Zimbabwe but in Africa.
Mawere also said they are most humbled, gratified and overjoyed as the FC Platinum family to have landed Zimbabwe’s most coveted title, the 2017 Castle Premier Soccer League Championship.