FC Plat­inum, Hwange share spoils

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - From Paul Mun­dandi in ZVISHA­VANE

FC Plat­inum 1-1 Hwange HWANGE showed their bat­tling prow­ess as they re­stricted a fired up FC Plat­inum in a Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League tie at Man­dava yes­ter­day.

Pure Plat­inum play got their goal from mid­fielder Nqo­bizitha Ma­suku in the 29th minute but the coalmin­ers equalised through a penalty by vet­eran Gil­bert Zulu in the 57th minute.

The hosts could prob­a­bly con­sider the re­sult as a case of two valu­able points lost as the draw saw Caps United ease to within two points of them fol­low­ing their win over Tsholot­sho at Lu­veve.

FC Plat­inum were fir­ing from all cylin­ders with speed mer­chant Marshall Mude­hwe caus­ing all sorts of prob­lems while Makai “Jecha’’ Kawashu had his effort from in­side the box saved by Fu­ture Sibanda.

The re­bound fell into the path of Mude­hwe but his blood­ied shot was par­ried away for a cor­ner in the 30th minute.

Rod­well Chinyengetere then flighted a cross from the left that saw Ma­suku out­jump­ing the Hwange de­fence and place his header into the far right cor­ner of the nets with Sibanda on the other side of the ac­tion.

Ma­belo Njekwa then in­tro­duced Craven Sibanda who changed the com­plex­ion of the game as Hwange made mean­ing­ful raids.

Hwange were how­ever pump­ing long balls for­wards and in one of their at­tacks in a bid to clear de­fender Kelvin Moyo han­dled un­der pres­sure and Kwekwe-based ref­eree Tha­bani Ba­mala, who had a good af­ter­noon awarded the vis­i­tors a penalty.

Vet­eran Gil­bert Zulu took the re­spon­si­bil­ity and he di­rected his effort to the left, send­ing Pet­ros Mhari the wrong way.

In their first meet­ing Hwange beat FC Plat­inum 2-1 at the Col­liery.

FC Plat­inum could have won the match with half a dozen goals but the bril­liance of goal­keeper Sibanda de­nied the vis­i­tors max­i­mum points. It was Plat­inum against Sibanda from the first whis­tle. His best save was in the 57th minute. Kawashu was fed in the six yard box by sub­sti­tute Wal­ter Mu­sona and came face to face with the goal­keeper but he di­rected his shot to the right and with fans an­tic­i­pat­ing a goal he dived full stretch to parry the ball for a cor­ner which the hosts failed to utilise.

Mu­sona shook his head in dis­be­lief when thun­der­bolt in the 67th minute was saved by Sibanda.

Fol­low­ing the miss Hwange could have in­creased their tally in the 71st minute when Mhango tipped over the bar a stinger from Craven Banda.

The coalmin­ers who were blow­ing hot were not fin­ished as an­other pass in the area from Banda saw Zulu’s shot tipped over the bar by Mhango for a cor­ner which again they failed to utilise.

It was one match the plat­inum min­ers could have eas­ily won but it was not just their day. “If you don’t score goals it’s dif­fi­cult to win games. We got op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half. It’s a point I can’t com­plain much.

“We are missing chances, cre­at­ing max­i­mum of clear cut chances. We have to con­vert the chances we cre­ate. We have to con­tinue work­ing from this per­for­mance and see how it goes,” said Mapeza.

“I’m very happy to col­lect four points from FC Plat­inum. The game is played in two halves.

“The had their half and we had ours in the sec­ond half, In mod­ern football you have to score the chances you cre­ate. They missed a lot of chances. We came here but with a plan for them and we never played un­der pres­sure” said Njekwa. his

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