Zvishavane– Norman Mapeza has ended his five year romance with FC Platinum that saw him pocket a number of accolades including back to back titles with the mining town based outfit.
The club has since appointed Lizwe Svesve as the interim head coach who will take charge in the clubs Total CAF Champions League first leg match against Mozambican club UD Songo in Bourborfields over the weekend.
Speaking to this publication, club spokesperson, Chido Chizondo, confirmed Mapeza’s departure.
“Our head coach, Norman Mapeza and the club have mutually agreed to terminate his contract midway through the season,” Chizondo said.
Chizondo added that the club was not prepared to part ways with their most successful coach, who managed to take them to lofty heights as they were hoping to spend a number of seasons together.
“As a club we are still in shock as we were busy preparing for our CAF Champions league games together, and also taking into consideration that we are midway into the season, we expected to at least end the season together,” she said.
Club President, George Mawere, issued a press statement thanking Mapeza for changing the trajectory of local football as he became the first coach since the inception of the Premier Soccer league to win the title with a team outside the two big cities of Bulawayo and Harare.
“Norman has been with the team for the past five (5) years and the Club would like to thank him for his professionalism, dedication and commitment to the achievement of the 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,” he said.
Mapeza has joined a list of top flight coaches who quited their clubs midway this season alone, with Madinda Ndlovu having left struggling Highlanders for greener pastures in Botswana and Lloyd Chitembwe who shifted camps abandoning Caps Utd to join Harare City.