FC Platinum were out of the competition by halftime as they were trailing 3-0 in the first 45 minutes of the game and that they lost by a three goal margin is by sheer luck as the Sudanese chose not to attack in the second half after realising that they had already won the game.
The Zimbabweans bow out 5-2 on aggregate after the two teams drew two-all at Rufaro Stadium two weeks ago in a match in which the Zimbabweans could easily have lost as the Sudanese dominated play.
In that match, the Zimbabweans had to come back from behind twice to force a draw.
FC Platinum had prior to the first round tie complained that the Confederation of African Football had deprived them of home advantage after Caf decided that Mandava Stadium was not a suitable venue to host Pan African football, but the margin of their defeat in Sudan is evidence enough to show that they did not have the firepower and overall strength to overcome the seasoned El Merreikh even if they had played the first leg at Mandava.
FC Platinum’s humiliation coming hard on the heels of Motor Action’s elimination from the Caf Confederation Cup at the hands of small South African club Black Leopards clearly showing how Zimbabwean football has gone through a period of decline.
FC Platinum who spent heavily on the transfer market in preparation for the Pan African competition will now shift their attention to the domestic front where they started off well beating Black Mambas 3-1 on the opening day of the season.
Their next game is against on fire Highlanders who on their part also got their season off to a flying start with a 4-0 hammering of Blue Rangers.