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[Zimbabwe] Mapeza quits FC Platinum

“#Zimbabwe” FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza tendered his resignation in unclear circumstances on Wednesday ahead of the team’s Caf Champions League clash with Mozambique side UD Songo at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

This came as a surprise as FC Platinum management were focused on preparing for their match on Monday.

Reports though suggest there had been tension between the coach who gave the team their two league titles and the club executive over a number of issues.

The former Warriors coach’s resignation ends a five year flirtation where he won various silverware for the club.

Ahead of Saturday’s match, Lizwe Sweswe has been thrust into the top seat on an interim basis.

A statement by club president George Mwere did not disclose the reasons of mapeza’s departure.

“FC Platinum club wishes to announce the departure of Head Coach Norman Mapeza from the team through mutual separation agreement,” Mawere’s statement reads.

“Norman has been with the club for the past five years and the club would like to thank him for his professionalism, dedication and commitment to the achievement if club objectives.

“During his tenure, the club made history by winning back to back league titles and reaching the group stages of the prestigious CAF Champions League.

“The club presidium, fans, executive, management, entire technical team and playing staff wish him well in his future endeavours,”reads the statement.

Mapeza joined the Zvishavane side in 2014 when he replaced Llyod Mutasa, to establish himself as a doyen of football in the mining town after helping then win back to back titles in 2017 and 2018.

He also helped them win two Chibuku Challenge Cups in the same years while also engineering their breakthrough to the group phase of the CAF Champions League Group stages in the 2018/19 edition of the premier club competition.

The former Galatasaray man also earned himself two Coach of Year accolades in 2017 and 2018 following laudable exploits at the helm of the club.

Last year he was involved in a physical confrontation wl with a player before he had another with a club executive member.

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