De Jongh targets first mini league win with FC Platinum

Sport Zimbabwe

ZTN Sports

FC Platinum Dutch coach Pieter de Jongh believes his men can get their first set of three points in the CAF Champions’ League group stages when they take on Al Hilal of Sudan in Bulawayo on Saturday.

The Zimbabwean champions have not won a CAF Champions League mini-league since they reached the stage in the previous edition.

Last year they became the country’s worst representatives at this stage of the competition after managing just a meagre two-point tally.

De Jongh is aware of the threat posed by the Sudanese but remains optimistic of getting maximum points.

“We have a very big game on Saturday; Al Hilal is a very big and great club with huge financial backing and for that, we have respect for them.

“However, we are looking for our first three points in the Champions’ League group stages,” said De Jongh.

He is encouraged by the mood in his camp, a veritable resource he believes his men can summon to get a win.

“The mood is very good. We believe in ourselves despite the respect we have for our opponents,” he said.

With just a single point after four rounds of matches, they are not going to make it beyond the group stages but will be eager to retain pride.