By Muziwethu Hadebe
Images by Bonweyinkosi Sithole
@ Babourfields Stadium, Bulawayo.
FC Platinum 0-1 Horoya
A Marius Hamed Assoko penalty five minutes into the second half gave the visitors their first win in the group stages of the CAF Champions League before about 6000 fans.
The penalty was conceded by captain and goalkeeper Petros Mhari who brought down in the box impressive Horoya captain Mandela Olansey, and the Mali defender (Assoko) made no mistake from the spot.
Horoya who spent a week in Zimbabwe ahead of the match dominated most of the play and created five chances in the first half as compared to FC Platinum’s one.
Charles Sibanda in his first match in the CAF Champions League slide a Gift Mbweti low cross into the box over the bar.
Outstanding Kelvin Madzongwe did come with two long range efforts in the 16th and 23rd minutes that saw the fans rise from their seats.
Horoya striker Boniface Haba forced a fine save from Mhari in the 31st minute as the goalkeeper who played and completed his 7th match in this competition dived well to his left to push the ball out for a corner.
Olansey failed to beat Mhari in the box after 73 minutes with the goalkeeper punching the ball out of danger.
Raphael Muduviwa saw his powerful shot headed out for a corner in the 77th minute.
Albert Eonde could and should have equalised at the death but headed wide a Madzongwe cross from the left.
FC Platinum who seemed a bit cautious and played into Horoya’s slow paced game is yet to score a goal in the group stages. This was their first home defeat in the competition and have not scored a goal in their last four CAF Champions League matches.
NORMAN MAPEZA (FC PLATINUM) “ I would like to congratulate my colleague here for winning, we were not at our best, we conceded a harsh penalty, if you look at the position of the ball he was not going to the goal but went straight to our keeper, For us it’s a mountain to climb now but an experience, we need to keep working hard and see what comes from it, mathematically we are still in with a chance”.
PATRICK NEVEU (HOROYA) “ We are happy with the result for picking a win away from home, we are also happy with the quality of football displayed, even my colleague here his team played well despite losing the match and we are happy overall”.
ESTIMATED CROWD 6000