Plat­inum on course for sea­son dou­ble

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - FROM Paul Mun­dandi in Tri­an­gle

Tri­an­gle 0 - (0)1 FC Plat­inum AF­TER some years in the wilder­ness, Makai “Jecha’’ Kawashu rose from the bench yes­ter­day to fire home the win­ner as FC Plat­inum made it three wins over Tri­an­gle with yes­ter­day’s win in the Chibuku Su­per Cup help­ing the min­ers edge closer to a dream dou­ble.

Kawashu scored the goal that made the dif­fer­ence in the 77th minute.

Pure Plat­inum Play, win­ners of the Chibuku Cup in 2014 are poised for a dou­ble if they man­age to go past the semi-fi­nal stage.

The for­mer Monomo­tapa man re­paid the faith shown in him by Nor­man Mapeza who signed him dur­ing the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow.

Kawashu was ply­ing his trade in Botswana but since join­ing FC Plat­inum he had played five games with­out find­ing the tar­get.

“I am ex­cited to have found the tar­get af­ter five games of try­ing. My wife was even com­plain­ing last Thurs­day say­ing that it was high time I started scor­ing

“I ded­i­cate the goal to He­lena my wife who has been very sup­port­ive. I had pres­sure to score. I would also want to thank my coach for show­ing faith in me and the Plat­inum fans. It has been dif­fi­cult but I be­lieved in God that one day I would score and it hap­pened this af­ter­noon” Kawashu said

Fel­low striker Charles Sibanda won the ball on the left and left the Tri­an­gle de­fend­ers for dead be­fore cross­ing the ball into the path of Kawashu who eas­ily slot­ted the ball past a badly ex­posed Ron­ald Mudimu.

FC Plat­inum played a pass­ing game and their coach felt hard done when they were de­nied what looked like a penalty when Rod­well Chinyengetere was felled in the box but ref­eree Nor­man Mate­mera waved away the ap­peals.

Tri­an­gle also had their ef­fort dis­al­lowed in the 61st minute for hand­ball.

Malvern Gaki had the ball at the back of the nets af­ter beat­ing Pet­ros Mhari.

Gaki had latched on to a clear­ance by Kelvin Moyo but be­fore he buried the ef­fort home he had han­dled.

FC Plat­inum con­tin­ued to show the dom­i­nance over the Su­gar Su­gar Boys.

In their first meet­ing in the league they won 2-0 at Man­dava be­fore de­feat­ing Tri­an­gle 2-1 in the re­v­erse fix­ture at Gibbo.

Yes­ter­day was the third meet­ing be­tween the two sides this year and it was Mapeza who was smil­ing once again.

FC Plat­inum had grafters in his mid­field which was well or­ches­trated by Win­ston Mhango, Ger­ald Tak­wara, Rod­well Chinyengetere and Wal­ter Mu­sona.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Gift Bello, Ian Nekati and Kelvin Moyo were wa­ter tight in de­fence and they thwarted all the ef­forts vet­eran coach, David “Yogi”Mandig­ora’s men had for the min­ers.

Ear­lier on the vis­i­tors could have taken the lead in the ninth minute when Chinyengetere drib­bled past the en­tire Tri­an­gle de­fence in­clud­ing vet­eran Guthrie Zhokinyu, found him­self in the six yard box but he took long to shoot at goal al­low­ing Hardlife Mu­vundi to clear.

Tri­an­gle could yet have surged ahead af­ter 32 min­utes but Gaki failed to con­nect a cross from Courage De­nias with goal­keeper Mhari at his mercy.

“I wish if Kawashu could con­tinue were he left from to­day. It’s nor­mal in the whole world to have pres­sure. Any sport has pres­sure even on the teams that are in the rel­e­ga­tion zone there is pres­sure.

“We need to main­tain con­sis­tency and see what hap­pens at the end of the sea­son. I am happy for the boys be­cause they worked so hard. We came here look­ing for a pos­i­tive re­sult and to pro­ceed to the next round” said Mapeza.

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