Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
FC Platinum coach Pieter De Jong is optimistic of victory when he faces his former paymasters, Highlanders at Barbourfields next month.
The Zimbabwe champions will play Chibuku winners, Highlanders in the Castle Challenge cup.
De Jong left Highlanders for defending champions FC Platinum. It will be his first game against his former team.
“We have three weeks to go and we are on the right track.
“We did bring in different good players and I am positive they will deliver. The plan is to train hard and use the game as part of our 2020 preparations.
“I want this cup with FC Platinum nothing more and we will do whatever it takes to win it,” said De Jong.
De Jong won the Chibuku Super Cup with Highlanders during his days as their head coach
He said having worked with them and knowing the players capabilities is a plus on his side.
FC Platinum have Denzel Khumalo who left together with De Jong.
“We are more than ready for this game. The preparations are in process and we are making progress.
“Highlanders and I had a great time only that it’s over now, I am the head coach of FC Platinum and that is now my priority.
“Challenges cup is only one match, a lot of things can happen during the game and as former coach of Bosso, I know the qualities of the most of the players.
“I know how to prepare for them and that won’t a bigger headache,” he added.
De Jong said he came to Zimbabwe to win silver wear.
He said all he wants is more success with his current team.
Meanwhile, it will be Mark Harrison’s first game as the head coach.