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FC PLATINUM OVERCOME CHIEFS AT MANDAVA

By Collin Nikisi

@ Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane.

FC Platinum easily defeated Bulawayo Chiefs 3-1 in an entertaining clash at Mandava Stadium, with Cameroon import Albert Eonde banging a brace.

Pure Platinum play have opened up a four point lead at the top of the standings but second placed Ngezi Platinum Stars have a chance to reduce the deficit to just a single point in the event they win against Mutare City Rovers on Sunday.

The defending champions started the stronger of the two teams and created a host of good chances in the opening 30 minutes but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied them an early lead.

The hosts kept on probing and in the 35th minute the Mandava Bay housing the home fans stood up to celebrate a well struck volley from the edge of the box which grazed the underside of the bar and bobbled out much to the dismay of many.

Against the run of play Amakhosi Amahle would finally crack. Chiefs Defenders failed to clear their line from a cross and Kelvin Moyo sweetly struck it from the edge of the box in the 42nd minute.

The goal took away the pressure and frustration which was slowly creeping into the Fc Platinum play and the manner the players and coaching staff celebrated the goal summed it all.

The second stanza got off to a frenetic pace as Chiefs opened up in search of an equalizer.

And the big Cameronian Albert Eonde would make them pay as he got off to the end of a lively Rahman Kutsanzira pass in the box, shrugged off the defenders and then turned and came with a shot that gave the hosts  an insurance goal.

Kutsanzira who had a good day in office would again turn provider lifting the ball over the Chiefs defence and Eonde poking it past the Chiefs goalkeeper.

With a three goal cushion somehow the hosts lost their way and were very casual in possession and cheaply gave it away.

With 10 minutes remaining Gift Bello perfectly presented Perfect Chikwende with ball and he made no mistake to give his side a glimmer of hope.

However the hosts stood firm and kept possession very well in the last few minutes to grab the maximum points.

Fc Platinum coach Norman Mapeza felt his side could have scored more and was disappointed that they let in a soft goal.

Overall we were in control and the boys did well. But I am disappointed with the goal we conceded and allowed them back into the game”, said Mapeza.

His opposite counterpart Gartly Chipuka bemoaned the lack of understanding in their central defence.

“The youngsters gave their best and matched the hosts but look we have a new central partnership in defence and the combination  is not there yet and the goals we let in confirms it”, said Chipuka.

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PAPIUS GRABS THE 400TH PSL GOAL OF THE SEASON

By Muziwethu Hadebe

THE CASTLE LARGER PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE reached 400 goals during the mid-week fixtures.

MYSPORTS credited the 400th goal to Shabanie Mine striker Nigel Papius as his side was thumped 5-1 at the Baobab stadium by Ngezi Platinum stars last Wednesday.

Papius who is on loan from FC Platinum has scored four goals since his move in the second half of the season. He scored the 400th goal of the season from the spot, in what was the 30th goal to be scored from the spot this season.

The four goals he has scored so far include a brace he picked against Dynamos at Maglas Stadium. 19 braces have been scored this season including the one struck by Albert Eonde of FC Platinum in their 3-1 victory over Bulawayo Chiefs on Saturday.

Former Shabanie striker David Temwnjira has picked two braces, one against Dynamos while at Shabanie and the other at his new club ZPC Kariba against Yadah.

The 100th goal was scored by Highlanders forward Gabriel Nyoni in their 2-2 draw with Chicken Inn at Babourfields stadium.

Vengere stadium in Rusape witnessed the 200th goal the season from Blessing Maunganidze as Herentals equalised from the penalty spot.

Herentals were again involved in the 300th goal of the season as teenager Tinotenda Benza’s goal against Ngezi Platinum Stars saw the new comers shock the platinum miners 1-0 at the National Sports stadium in Harare.

MYSPORTS awaits the 500th goal of the season as the league now sits on 413 goals ahead of the Sunday fixtures.

In other stats ahead of the four PSL matches to be played on Sunday;

2 Only two players have reached double figures in the scorers charts namely David Temwanjira on 11 goals and Lameck Nhamo of Triangle on 10 goals.

3 The league has witnessed just three hat tricks from Simba Nhivi while he was at Caps United, Collin Dhuwa from Triangle and Obriel Chirinda of Chicken Inn.

6 The league witnessed its sixth own goal of the season as Carlos Mavhurume of Herentals scored into his own net in their 1-1 draw with Chapungu on Saturday.

11 Harare city sits on most draws in the league with 11 draws.

16 The most defeats go to Bulawayo City, while FC Platinum and Chicken Inn are on least defeats with three.

17 FC Platinum has the most wins on 17, while the least wins are with Mutare City on two.

19 With a few hat tricks recorded, 18 players have scored the 19 braces, with David Temwanjira who is the leading scorer with 11 goals, managing two braces.

24 It is number of red carded players so far in the league with Bulawayo City and Ngezi  Platinum Stars having the most(4 red cards each). Only Bulawayo Chiefs, Chicken Inn, Yadah, FC Platinum, Triangle and Black Rhinos are the teams yet to have a player red carded.

25 A total of 25 matches has ended goalless, with Caps united involved in most of those(7), while the two cities Bulawayo and Mutare are yet to be involved in a goalless match.

31 Adrian Silla scored the 31st goal of the season from the spot. It was the first goal from the spot for Highlanders. Bulawayo Chiefs has scored the most from the spot (5), with Arthur Musiyiwa doing so three times. Bulawayo City, Chicken Inn, Mutare City, ZPC Kariba, Nichrut and Black Rhinos are the teams yet to score from the spot this season.

41 It is the most goals by any team so far and Ngezi Platinum have managed this fate.

47 It the most goals conceded by a single team in the league and it goes to Shabanie. FC platinum has conceded the least (10).

Saturday Results

FC Platinum 3-1 Bulawayo Chiefs (Kelvin Moyo, Albert Eonde 2) (Perfect Chikwende)

Herentals     1-1 Chapungu (Innocent Benza) (OG Carlos Mavhurume)

Sunday Fixtures

Mutare City vs Ngezi Platinum Stars

Nichrut          vs Yadah

Chicken Inn   vs ZPC Kariba

Triangle          vs Bulawayo City

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Rhinos beat Bulawayo City as Herentals hold Caps United

Mysports Reporter

Black Rhinos 2-0 Bulawayo City

BULAWAYO CITY FC relegation worries were made worse with a 2-0 defeat away to Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on Sunday.

Rhinos took the lead through a penalty by Wellington Taderera as he scored his third goal of the season, in what was the 29th goal of the season from the spot.

Lot Chiunga scored his 7th goal of the season to make it 2-0 for Rhinos. There was a late red card for Bulawayo City left back Admire Dzumbunu for a second bookable offence as the Bulawayo club once more struggled.

AT RUFARO STADIUM there was another 20 minute delay to the start of the match between Herentals and Caps united as the two teams played to the 24th goalless draw, just like there was a delay on the same day in a top of the table clash between Chicken Inn and Ngezi Platinum at Luveve stadium.

While the Luveve delay was caused by Ngezi querying Major Mususa as one of the match officials, the Rufaro delay was as a result of the hosts Herentals locking Caps United out of the stadium and delaying their entry.

On the pitch there was nothing of note as the two teams failed to find the back of the net.

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Nichrut hold Highlanders

By Moekitsi Kaitse

@ Ascot Stadium, Gweru. 

Nichrut 0-0 Highlanders

A long spell of inactivity by visiting Highlanders was as clear as day in a Premiership match played at Ascot Stadium in the heart of Midlands where they came face to face with an ambitious Nitchrut side.

Needing every point to fight for a top four finish, Bosso had veteran goalkeeper Ariel “Mangoye” Sibanda to thank as he saved his second consecutive penalty, while the Midlands side rued the saved penalty off the boot of much travelled Themba Ndlovu and at the end of the day a share of spoils was to be the best result under the circumstances presented.

The first minutes of the match witnessed a balanced affair, with things standing at equilibrium as both teams employed a very cautious approach.

Nomadic and former Highlanders striker Rodrek Mutuma, Farai Vimisai and Nigel Mpinduki posed a major threat to the Bulawayo side.

As Bosso tried to conjure up some magic and wash away the rust, they lost new signing Tinashe Makanda after a nasty contact with a defender, and in came the usual enterprising Brian Banda who could not do much to change things.

Mutuma came close after breaking through and he let go a scorcher which took an awkward deflection and ricocheted away from goal.

His persistence and zeal, however paid off in added time of the first stanza combining with troublesome veteran Vimisayi,Mutuma stormed into the box, and was impeded by Andrew Mbeba leaving the referee with no option but point to the spot, awarding Nitchrut their first penalty since they got into the topflight.

The travelling Bosso faithful went dead silent and probably in prayer.Sibanda who has seen many battles and saved countless penalties looked too relaxed as Ndlovu stepped up.

Like a real “Mangoye” he dived to his right and easily clawed onto the ball, sparking wild celebrations.Ndlovu’s unsuccessful kick was the last of the half.

The second period started like the first with action swinging from one end to the other. However, no intent and hunger in front of goal worried Mandla Mpofu and John Nyikadzino

In the 58th minute talented Nigel Makumbe magically broke through on the left and was felled outside the box. He dusted himself and took the free kick over the bar, underlining the worrying poor conversion, even from promising dead balls.

Two minutes later, Makumbe was at it again hitting a scorcher after deceiving promising goalkeeper Stanley Chakwana who was far from action, but the ball just could not hit the target, aided by the wind.

If Ariel Sibanda was superb then Chakwana was super, making crucial saves whenever tested. It was his first match after a long period under Talent Sande’s shadows.

He just but made right his inclusion in the first eleven.Mutuma again threaten but took long to shoot leaving Mbeba to clear.

The clearance led to a Highlanders attack and Chakwana produced a super save denying Brian Banda in the 72nd minute.

Second half substitute Tendai Ndlovu who came in for Charlton Siamalonga was superb at the back after coming on.

The last 10 minutes produced some beautiful football. Shepherd Sithole laid a salivating ball off a free kick made from the training ground but Flankson Bushiri shot disappointingly over.

The last of the teams’ futile efforts was Tafadzwa Sibanda’s well taken attempt at goal which met an equally good save for a corner. Poor finishing and lack of luck was further elaborated from a good corner meeting wasteful takers.

Nichrut FC: S Chakwana, Mpinduki N, T Hapazari, N Moyo, T Ndhlovu, F Vimisayi (A Kanchwanchwa 80’), D Boriwondo, A Maliselo, S Sithole, R Mutuma, F Bushiri

Highlanders FC: A Sibanda, C Siamalonga (T Ndlovu 70 mins), M Phiri, A Silla, N Sianchali, G Makaruse (T Sibanda 50 mins), A Mbeba, M Ndlovu, G Nyoni, T Makanda (B Banda 21 mins), N Makumbe

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FC Platinum down Airmen and extend their lead to four points

By Collin Nikisi

@ Mandava Stadium,Zvishavane 

FC Platinum 2-0 Chapungu

Second half substitutes Gift Mbweti and Never Tigere turned things around for Pure Platinum play as their direct and incisive play ensured that Fc Platinum pick their first set of maximum points at home since the mid-season break with a convincing win over a stubborn Chapungu.

The airmen were by no means out of the game forcing 5 corner kicks and came close to scoring on a few occasions.

But some great defending from Fc platinum coupled with some clinical finishing from Gift Mbweti and Winston Mhango ensured an ultimately deserved win for Norman Mapeza’s team with masterstroke substitutions making the difference.

The early stages of the game were uninspiring and a complete yawn for the few hundreds who had braved the chilly and cold weather to watch the contest.

There were no chances on goal as the hosts struggled to get into their rhythm. Although Pure Platinum had more of the ball in their half the passing was not crisp and it was at a tortoise pace punctuated with so many back passes.

As such this suited Waru Waru allowing Fc Platinum to pass it around in their half and immediately press after the halfway line. With Kelvin Madzongwe clearly struggling for match fitness the Fc Platinum engine room huffed and puffed crying out loud for the industry and efficiency of the suspended Farai Madhananga.

Chapungu put down together some good interplay in the 19th minute mark and diminutive winger Ian Nyoni looked set to score when he pulled the trigger in the box but Wallace Magalane was on hand to make a timely block.

The action quickly switched to the other end with Charles Sibanda forcing a save from Talbert Shumba off a free kick in the 23rd minute.

The airmen grew in confidence and would force the first corner kick of the game after the 31st minute and two more in the 40th and 43rd minute but failed to capitalise.

With the introduction of Mbweti and Never Tigere in the 48th minute it breathed life into Pure Platinum play.

The build ups were now more purposeful and it came as no surprise when Gift Mbweti thrust his team into the lead in the 61st minute for his fourth goal of the season.

Mbweti reacted quicker to steal the ball under the nose of right back Emanuel Chitauro who was caught flat footed and expertly rifled home a grass mower with his weaker foot. Ironically it was Mbweti who rose from the bench in the reverse tie to down the airmen, and had done the same when FC Platinum beat Highlanders 1-0 at this venue.

The goal deflated the Chapungu players and judging from their body language after the goal, the airmen had literally conceded defeat and the zeal and energy that the team oozed with before the goal was now gone.

Pure Platinum will double their lead in the 75th minute when Winston Mhango latched onto a chest pass from Chinyengetere, taking a touch before stabbing the ball in at the far post via a deflection for his third of the season, his first from open play in this term.

The final minutes proved fairly comfortable for the defending champions, who will take great confidence from a hard fought win which saw them opening a four point lead at the top of the league.

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Chicken Inn and Ngezi draw as Ngezi delay start of the match

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.

Chicken Inn 1-1 Ngezi Platinum Stars

There was a huge embarrassment to local football as the start to this top of the table clash was delayed for close to half an hour as the visitors queried the involvement of one of the match officials, Major Mususa as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw with Ngezi finishing with 10 men.

“Major Mususa is related to FC Platinum General Manager Joeseph Mususa and we queried his impartiality and raised the issue, we were trying to protect ourselves in as much as we were protecting him, they wanted to change but most referees were in Harare attending a refresher course, we are happy though that the match officials handled the match very well”, Tonderayi  Ndiraya responded to MYSPORTS on what was happening before the start of the match.

In a football that at times ignores its number one customer- the fans, it won’t be a surprise if we get into the mid-week fixtures without an apology to the fans that paid to watch the tie and were kept waiting for 20 minutes without an announcement from the authorities.

It left many questions unanswered as it could mean that the teams don’t trust the system to an extent of querying the involvement of some officials even before kick-off.

Why do those in charge appoint conflicted officials to an extent of bringing them to Bulawayo- Maybe Bulawayo officials could not handle it since a Bulawayo team was involved, another slap in the face in terms of trusting the system.

Maybe the teams have dealt with these officials behind the scenes before and now know each other. The bottom line is that the mutual trust should be brought back into the system and teams work and play under any appointment from those running the game.

As Ndiraya was praising the match officials, Chicken Inn officials were storming the dressing rooms at half time complaining at the way the referee Munyaradzi Majoni had handled the first half as the visitors took a 1-0 lead at half time, another slap in the face in terms of trusting the football system.

There was all the trust though with Godknows Murwira’s ability with dead ball situations as his curling goal bound corner kick got the slightest of touches from Keith Murera as the platinum miners took the lead three minutes from the break.

It was a good first half in which both teams had a fair share of chances. Ngezi saw Clive Augusto and Walter Mukanga headers go over the bar after some fine crosses while a Marlon Mushonga long range effort which  was  goal written was blocked by Murera just before their goal.

Castle Larger July Player of the month Obriel Chirinda had two chances in the first half, defender Last Sithole blasted a free flowing move over the bar, outstanding George Majika’s fantastic left footer just missed the target while Obadiah Tarumbwa hesitated to shoot with lots of space in the box as the “scoreboard” read Chicken Inn 0-1 Ngezi Platinum Stars at the break.

The hosts started the second half strongly and were rewarded after 51 minutes when a Majika corner kick was poorly cleared into the air and the towering captain Moses Jackson capitalised with a powerful header for his second goal of the season.

Seven minutes later a Joe Nyabinde long range effort was blocked after a good spell from the home side.

The last time Ngezi visited Luveve stadium they suffered their first defeat of the season to Bulawayo Chiefs and had Augusto alongside Xolisani Moyo sent off.

Augusto will hate Luveve stadium as he was sent off again for another second bookable offence for a foul on Passmore Bernard in the 66th minute.

Man of the match Majika limped off injured in the 85th minute and his replacement King Nasama had his grounder ruled offside two minutes later with the Chicken Inn fans celebrating what they had thought was a winner.

A good top of the table clash which was spoilt by the delayed start. Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas felt they dropped two points and should have won the match with an extra man and the chances they created.

Ndiraya was happy with a point collected from what he described as a difficult venue to visit. ” We have struggled in Bulawayo and to pick a point with 10 men and against a good Chicken Inn side is quite an achievement for us, we still have two games in Bulawayo against Highlanders and Bulawayo City and we hope to improve”, he said.

 

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CHITUKUTUKU BRACE SAVES HERENTALS

Mysports Reporter,

@Rufaro Stadium, Harare.

Yadah 2-2 Herentals

HERENTALS FC came from two goals down to force a draw in this Castle Larger Premier Soccer League.

Yadah took a one nil lead at the break through a goal by Simba Sithole who scored after 11 minutes for only his second goal of the season.

Right back Willard Kalongoda then made it 2-0 in the 60th minute as Yadah looked set to collect maximum points.

Substitute Tafadzwa Chitukutuku turned the game around for the students with the 17th brace of the season which he struck inside two minutes.

He pulled one back in the 90th minute and completed his brace two minutes later as the few Herentals fans spilled onto the pitch at the end of the match to celebrate a dramatic escape.

Yadah Stephen Chimusoro, Willard Kalangoda, Brian Mapfumo, Ariel Makopa, Lincoln Zvasiya, Enock Karembo, Leeroy Murape, Brian Chikwenya, Simba Sithole, Ralph Matema, Jonathan Chikwenya,Morris Musiyakuvi(Jonathan Chitereki).

Herentals Prince Tafiremutsa, Carlso Mavhurume, Peter Chota, Wilmore Chimbetu,Gibson Chonobva, Innocent Benza, Edgar Mhungu(Blessing Majarira), Richard Hachiro, Tinotenda Benza(Salif Cheya), Archmore Majarira(Tafadzwa Chitukutuku).

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CHICKEN INN OUTCLASS SHABANIE

Mysports Reporter

@Maglas Stadium, Zvishavane

Shabanie 0-3 Chicken Inn

CHICKEN INN FOOTBALL CLUB celebrated their new sponsorship deals signed last Wednesday with this easy victory away from home, to maintain third position slot in the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League.

Obriel Chirinda, with 6 goals this season tries to break away from a Shabnie defender.

The 2015 champions who were promoted in 2011 secured a $ 234 000 medical aid cover for all its contracted players as well as the technical team from Bonvie Medical aid. There were also individual awards sponsorship from Black shark Protection Services worth $ 38 000, while Zibuko Trust will chip in with man of the match awards.

The three companies also chipped in with various forms of sponsorship in dressing the team in deals to run for three years.

As if to respond to the new deals Chicken Inn played their 235th match since they were promoted into the PSL and won their 107th match in style.

There was just one real chance in the first half that fell on Darrly Nyandoro who skied his effort in the box as Shabanie did well to force a goalless draw at the break.

With the second half five minutes old the visitors were one up without any of their players scoring. Shabanie player Denzel Taderera was not alert enough as he put the ball into his own nets for the 5th own goal of the season. Interesting enough, three of the five own goals have come from Shabanie.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 courtesy of a beauty by man of the match Innocent Muchaneka who scored with the outside of his boot just outside the box for his 5th goal of the season.

On as a substitute Obadiah Tarumbwa headed home the third goal for chicken Inn, in what was his 6th goal of the season after 81 minutes.

The victory ensured that Chicken Inn complete a double over Shabanie after they beat them by the same score line at Luveve stadium, as they reached 282 goals in the league since they were promoted.

Shabanie Biggie Temera, Loyd Manyande, Peter Muzondo, Nyasha Mpofu, Denzel Taderera, Panashe Siziba, Maxwell Murimi, Fradreck Muza, Tarisai Rukanda, Nigel Papius and Raymond Sibanda.

Chicken Inn Pride Zendera, Passmore Bernard, Ben Nyahunzwi, Moses Jackson, Last Sithole, Simon Munawa, Innocent Muchaneka, Clemence Matawu(Obadiah Tarumbwa), Geroge Majika, Darryl Nyandoro(Nicole Mutatiwa), Obriel Chirinda.

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NGEZI, CAPS UTD, ZPC KARIBA WIN, AS BYO CHIEFS HOLD CHAPUNGU

Mysports Reporter

NGEZI PLATINUM STARS 3-1 NICHRUT

NGEZI PLATINUM STARS came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 and seal the points against a fighting Nichrut at the Baobab stadium on Saturday.

Ngezi kept the fight on ……..

Ngezi took the lead after 13 minutes through Marlon Mushonga after he received a good pass from Walter Mukanga for his 4th goal of the season.

Shepard Sibanda equalised for the visitors following a Farai Vimisai pass. It was his third goal of the season.

Vimisai outstanding all afternoon then made it 2-1 with a beautiful long range effort from about 40 meters as the newcomers into the PSL shocked the hosts.

Ngezi did not give up and equalised in the 77th minute through Donald Teguru in what was also his third goal of the season.

Former Dynamos player Godknows Murwira sealed the points with a fantastic 40 meter free kick three minutes from time.

CAPS UTD 1-0 BLACK RHINOS

HARDLIFE ZWIREKWI continues to perform well since his return to action after that horrific accident that saw his hand amputated and this time he capped his miraculously return with a goal after a Brian Muzondiwa pass to secure maximum points over Black Rhinos at Rufaro stadium.

It was the United’s captain first goal of the season.

Caps United

CHAPUNGU 1-1 BULAWAYO CHIEFS

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Bulawayo Chiefs and Chapungu in action

ADED GOALS saw Chapungu and Bulawayo Chiefs share the spoils at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

Chapungu who are having a decent run under new coach Rodwell Dlakama took an early lead through the diving header of Allan Tavariswa in the 5th minute, for his 7th goal of the season.

Stanley Ngala equalised in the 22nd minute with a fine header, scoring in his second consecutive match since joining Chiefs from Tsholotsho in mid-season.

ZPC KARIBA 3-1 TRIANGLE UNITED

DAVID TEMWANJIRA became the first player in the Castle Larger Premier League to reach double figures this season as his second brace of the season secured maximum points for his new club ZPC Kariba against Triangle.

Temwanjira who joined ZPC Kariba at mid-season had scored 9 goals while playing for Shabanie in the first half of the season.

David Temwanjira in Yellow boots, while still with Shabanie.

Munyaradzi Kanyiriwe put ZPC Kariba ahead in the 10th minute for his first goal of the season.

Temwanjira then scored his first for ZPC Kariba and his 10th of the season after 31 minutes.

Lameck Nhamo gave Triangle a bit of hope 8 minutes later when he scored from the penalty spot.

It was his 8th goal of the season, his third goal from the spot and the 30th goal to be scored from the spot this season.

He later completed his second brace of the season to secure his 11th goal this year.  It turned out to be the 16th brace of the season overall.

On Friday Harare City and Mutare City played to a 1-1 draw at Rufaro stadium. Vialli Tadzoka put Mutare ahead with nine minutes of the match remaining. Wilfred Muvirimi then secured a point for Harare City with an equaliser in the 94th minute, for hiss 5th of the season.

Harare City held by Mutare City.

Sunday Fixtures

Shabanie vs Chicken Inn (Maglass) and Yadah vs Herentals ( Rufaro)

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FC PLATINUM BEAT BULAWAYO CITY AT BF

By Muziwethu Hadebe

@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.

Bulawayo City 0-1 FC Platinum

RODWELL CHINYENGETERE scored his 7th goal of the season nine minutes from the end as his FC Platinum team won for the first time in the second half of the season after failing to do so in three attempts in this Castle Larger Premier Soccer League against troubled Bulawayo City.

The reigning soccer star of the year capitalised on a poor clearance by the Bulawayo City defence, that saw a slight touch from Rahman Kutsanzira deliver the ball to his right foot and the former Hwange player obliged with a half volley that nestled into the nets.

Interim coach Bekithemba Ndlovu in his first match in charge since Amin Soma Phiri was sacked fielded four of City’s new signings in the starting team namely goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya, defender Benson Phiri and forwards Chris Samakwere and Ozias Zibande.

Samakwere who played for Chicken Inn in the first half of the season was to waste a glorious chance in the box five minutes before the break.

Another former Chicken Inn forward Toto Banda saw his sharp shot in the box punched out for a corner by the alert Wallace Magalane the FC Platinum goalkeeper.

The only chance that the visitors had in the first half fell to Farai Muparisi who had enough space in the box to find the opener, but his grounder just went wide as the two teams settled for a goalless first half.

The second half was dominated by FC Platinum especially after the introductions of Never Tigere and Gift Mbweti; although City had their moments as well with substitute Lucky Nyathi’s grounder taking a bounce before hitting the chest of Magalane as the ball went over the bar for a corner.

It was the log leaders who had two moments to get a goal before Chinyengetere finally struck well. First it was Kutsanzira who after 76 minutes while on the grounder had his left footer in the box rising over the bar.

In the 79th minute Kutsanzira who was allowed too much space on the left pulled down a City defender and managed a good cross into the box which Mbweti directed into the Soweto stand. It was a good chance.

“ I think we at least deserved a point in this match, we played well but need to improve our finishing as matches are won by small margins these days, the survival is still in our hands and we will continue fighting”, was the reaction of Ndlovu the City coach after the match.

Norman Mapeza said “I think it was a good game, it was a must win match given the two draws and a defeat in our last three matches and I am happy and we now need to focus on the Chapungu match, there are still plenty matches to play for us to be talking about the championship and we just need to continue winning our matches, they played well although they never really troubled us and I think if they continue playing like the way they did today they can survive relegation”.

Bulawayo City Munyaradzi Diya, Crispen Ncube(Zeph Ngodzo), Humphrey Ncube, Eric Mudzingwa, Benson Phiri, Rainsome Pavari, Tatenda Tavengwa, Chris Samakwere(Lucky Nyathi), Toto Banda, Ozias Zibande, Timothy January(Innocent Kutsanzira).

FC Platinum Wallace Magalane, Kelvin Moyo, Gift Bello, Raphael Muduviwa, William Stima, Winston Mhango, Farai Madhananga, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Rahman Kutsanzira, Farai Mupasiri(Gift Mbweti), Mkhokheli Dube(Never Tigere).

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