FC Plat­inum wins, Ngezi stum­bles

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Paul Mun­dandi in ZVISHA­VANE

FC PLAT­INUM moved to fourth af­ter fi­nally re­mem­ber­ing how to win with a slen­der 1-0 vic­tory over strug­gling Tsholot­sho in a Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League match at Man­dava yes­ter­day.

Pure Plat­inum Play had gone four con­sec­u­tive matches with­out a win un­til Gift Mb­weti’s soli­tary strike got them back on track yes­ter­day.

The win pushed FC Plat­inum to 25 points, three be­hind Ngezi Plat­inum Stars and Chicken Inn - who played a goal­less draw at Lu­veve yes­ter­day.

Ngezi are tied with Chicken Inn on 28 points but have a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence. Black Rhi­nos, who host Harare City at Mor­ris De­pot this af­ter­noon, are now third with 27 points.

At Man­dava, for­mer Hwange hit­man Mb­weti scored his sec­ond goal of the sea­son in the third minute.

Nine min­utes later Plat­inum could have made it 2-0 but ‘keeper Chang Mariy­oni showed why he has at­tracted in­ter­est from be­yond the bor­ders.

Elvis Moyo re­leased a screamer that was blocked by the goal­keeper into the path of Rod­well Chinyengetere.

The for­mer Hwange mid­fielder re­leased an­other scorcher but the Tsholot­sho goal min­der was well-po­si­tioned and par­ried the ball back into play.

Chinyengetere, Mb­weti, Win­ston Mhango and Ian Nekati had a good af­ter­noon in the Pure Plat­inum Play colours, leav­ing coach Nor­man Mapeza a happy man.

“A win is a win. I hope the vic­tory will turn the ta­bles around and we need to keep on work­ing hard,” said Mapeza who also took the op­por­tu­nity to talk about for­mer na­tional team player Edzai Kasin­auyo’s death.

“Edzai was my team­mate. I am sad­dened by his death. We have lost a good player and ad­min­is­tra­tor ... I want to thank all those who at­tended his fu­neral (yes­ter­day) and had it not been for the match, def­i­nitely I was go­ing to at­tend his burial. May his soul rest in peace” said Mapeza.

A minute of si­lence was ob­served for Kasin­auyo be­fore kick-off in both matches at Man­dava and Lu­veve.

PSL Re­sults FC Plat­inum 1-0 Tsholot­sho Chicken Inn 0-0 Ngezi Plat­inum

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