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FC Platinum are not aware of any threats to stop them from playing their CAF Champions League mini-league home games at Mandava.

There have been reports after the draw in Cairo last Friday that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will send its team to reassess if the stadium is fit to host the matches.

The reports are despite the fact that the stadium was approved before the start of the competition with the Zvishavane miners having hosted two games at their fortress.

FC Platinum spokesperson, Chido Chizondo, said they have not received any communication from CAF or ZIFA about the reported development.

“We haven’t received any communication from the responsible offices. There is no communication from CAF and our position is that Mandava stadium has been homologated,” she said.

Norman Mapeza’s charges host South Africa’s Orlando Pirates next Tuesday and social media was awash with news that the game will be played at Babourfields in Bulawayo.

Chido Chizondo (r)

“We are preparing for the game at Mandava because it’s been homologated. That’s our home ground and if there is any communication or changes we will make it public.

“Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) might be in a better position to comment further on that. But in as far as we are concerned our home games are set for Mandava,” said Chizondo.

The Zimbabwe champions yesterday took to Twitter and tagged all teams in their group (Pirates, Horoya and Esperance) reiterating that Mandava is their home ground.

“Mandava Stadium is a tribute to the Zvishavane Community for their unwavering support. This is our home this is where our heart is. #CAFCL2019.”

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela also said they have not received any communication from CAF over the issue.

He said they still hold to the previous position on the stadium (homologated).

“I think we can talk about it when we receive any communication, as it stands we haven’t been told anything and we are with the initial position,” said Gwesela.

After a date with Pirates next Tuesday, Platinum travel to defending champions Esperance in Tunisia on January 18.

They host Guinea’s Horoya on February 1 with a return leg set for February 12 in Conakry.

They face another away trip when they travel to South Africa for a return leg against Orlando Pirates on March 8 before hosting Esperance on March 15.

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