He plunges DeMbare deeper into rel­e­ga­tion

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FC Plat­inum ................................2 Dy­namos ....................................0

AT THE sound of the fi­nal whis­tle, Dy­namos coach Lloyd Chigove looked like a man in des­per­ate need of a hug.

With one hand hold­ing up his chin and the other on the hip, the man who was brave enough to ac­cept the of­fer to re­place Lloyd Mu­tasa starred down the Man­dava turf.

It was as if MaBlanyo, as Chigove is also know, was look­ing for some­thing!

And just when the DeMbare coach seemed to be drown­ing deeper into a world where only foot­ball coaches can best de­scribe, Nor­man Mapeza put his hand around him.

Mapeza, a master at this game, did not want his words to go with the wind, hence he whis­pered what The Sun­day

Mail Sport later es­tab­lished to be some foot­ball nuggets into a ri­val’s ear.

FC Plat­inum had just taken a step closer to­wards de­fend­ing their ti­tle with this lat­est win, se­cured by first half goals from Mkhokheli Dube and Rod­well Chinyengetere.

Mapeza could have cho­sen to salute his team’s fans first be­fore chat­ting with Chigove but nay, the FC Plat­inum coach is not your or­di­nary type of guy.

His ways may rub some the wrong way but his words yes­ter­day may have breathed life into DeMbare’s fight against rel­e­ga­tion.

“Nor­man told me that this team can be com­pet­i­tive, all we need to do is work on the play­ers’ con­fi­dence,” Chigove re­vealed.

“It’s some­thing that I prob­a­bly needed to hear from a guy who has seen it all and has won the cham­pi­onship.

“We are in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion but we have to be prag­matic and make the right de­ci­sions. I think our sec­ond half showed that these boys can turn the tide.”

DeMbare ought to have got a smash­ing af­ter a wrenched first half show that must have left many ques­tion­ing whether the de­ci­sion to fire Mu­tasa is the panacea to the team’s woes.

Thank­fully for this club of the mys­ti­cal and never chang­ing seven mil­lion souls, FC Plat­inum were not ruth­less in front of goal.

The hosts played with swag­ger with Dube turn­ing back the hands of time and Chinyengetere giv­ing those who have started ar­gu­ing that he de­serves to re­tain the Soc­cer Star of the Year gong an­other head of ar­gu­ment.

But for all that flair, FC Plat­inum went for the breather lead­ing 2-0.

A Dy­namos player re­vealed that they made a pact soon af­ter coaches Chigove and Mu­rape Mu­rape were done with their half time ad­dress.

“Tan­goti munhu nem­budzi yake mud­hara (We said let’s mark man to man),” he said.

And with DeMbare press­ing high, FC Plat­inum did not have much time on the ball, Brett Amidu came to life and sub­sti­tute Kuda Kumwala played like a man who de­served to start this one.

Amidu, who is on loan from FC Plat­inum, was a sub­ject of pre-match drama as his con­tract bars him from play­ing against his par­ent club.

FC Plat­inum ini­tially de­manded that he should not play but re­lented in the “spirit of the game.”

“We just said it’s an ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ter that should not be dealt with on Match Day. But hon­estly we are not happy with what Dy­namos have done and the think­ing we have right now is re­call­ing Brett from the loan,” said an FC Plat­inum ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber.

But the drama did not seem to af­fect Amidu who played a key part in fash­ion­ing out DeMbare’s best chance of the game – Mar­vel­lous Mukumba’s header crush­ing against the up­right on 79 min­utes.

For Mapeza, this was one mas­sive step to­wards the Promised Land.

“Look, we were un­der pres­sure and I am happy that we re­sponded well. We just have to keep go­ing and see where we end up,” he said. And that tit-a-tat with Chigove? “Guys we need to have sym­pa­thy for each other.

This is not an easy job he has taken up and I just of­fered him a few words of ad­vice.

“I am not at lib­erty to share them with you be­cause it was from one coach to the other,” said Mapeza be­fore van­ish­ing into the home team’s dress­ing room.

Brett Amidu pro­vided a pre-match flash point and FC Plat­inum are mulling re­call­ing the foward.

Faces on the Dy­namos bench made sad read­ing as the once Glam­our Boys fell at Man­dava yes­ter­day.

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