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Down But Not Out -Sagrada Coach

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By Collen Nikisi

G.D Sagrada Head Coach, Roque Aspirin , is opting to take the positives out of their 0-0 stalemate CAF Champions league football first leg preliminary round match against Fc Platinum.

Sagrada travel to the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Saturday, 18 September 2021, for the return carrying nothing but a goalless draw against a highly motivated Fc Platinum side looking to go beyond the Preliminary round in the Total CAF Champions league.

However, the Sagrada Esperanca trainer believes that a goalless draw is much better than traveling to a team that has an away goal.

“We are not in the best position going into the second leg but it is not too bad either. I am happy that we kept a clean sheet even though a goal would have been ideal. We have no choice but to go out and look for a goal or two in Zimbabwe for us to proceed further in the competition but so do they. This will work well for both teams as we will go at each other and play openly,” said Aspirin.

Asked on what his approach would be in the return leg , Aspirin didn’t want to reveal much saying that he now has an even better understanding of the Zimbabweans.

“They are a quality side with a very good coach. They are well organised and not easily breakable. They can hurt you on the counter and now that we going to their home ground, they will be more open to attacking us”.

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Fc Platinum coach Norman Mapeza remains humble, grounded and modest and has let his players and tactics do the talking.

In the build up to game on Saturday Mapeza said his team needed to be very cautious in their approach, will try not to concede and at the same time try to get a positive result.

A stance he still maintains ahead of the return leg.

Fc Platinum were very organized , disciplined, compact and maintained shape and defended in numbers. A strategy that frustrated the Angolan Champions.

Pure Platinum Play will have to be very smart in their approach but this is football and anything is possible if you believe.

The Zimbabwe champions are likely to welcome back Donald Teguru and Kelvin Madzongwe both players missed the first leg.

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