FC Platinum are facing a player crisis after most of their players ran out of contract at the end of June.
The Zvishavane based could only raise thirteen players for last Saturday’s match against Manica Diamonds.
The Platinum Boys had only one infield player on the bench, Devon Chafa and goalkeeper Petros Mhari on the bench.
A player at the club who requested anonymity said a number of players are out of contract and after being caught off guard the club tried to play down the face that they were facing a crisis because of injuries.
“There is nothing that they could not raise the full complement because of injuries. We know what the club does when they are caught off guard, they manufacture stories and send to friendly media outlets to try and diffuse the situation. They did the same on the strike issue and tiff between coach Norman Mapeza and chairman Evans Mthombeni,” said the player.
“Ali Sadiki is not injured, he is out of contract, William Sitima is out of contract, Elvis and Kevin Moyo just sneaked out of the country for trials at Chippa United in South Africa.
“Petros Mhari could have gone for trials at Bloemfontein Celtics but delayed for the Manica Diamonds match as there was a crisis.
“Devon Chafa actually had to brave the injury also to save the situation but was carrying an injury. Godknows Murwira is in Harare trying to push for a move to Dynamos while Mkhokeli Dube quit and went to the United States. Lawrence Mhlanga is on suspension while Raphael Muduviwa is on a lengthy lay off due to injury,” added the player.
Despite the player crisis, FC Platinum went on to post a 1-0 win over Manica Diamonds to remain on top of the log standings.