Platinum satisfied with a point

HARARE - FC Platinum assistant coach Tendai Chikuni was keen to accentuate the positives from Saturday’s Castle Premiership draw with Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium, saying his side had gained a point rather than dropping two.

With that one all result, Platinum stayed on top of the standings, at least for 24 hours before Highlanders’ clash with How Mine yesterday.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 86th minute through skipper Daniel Veremu, who tapped home from a corner kick.

Monoz talisman Ronald Chitiyo equalised for the 2008 Zimbabwe champions in added time.

“Monomotapa are not a small team in any way, statistics are there to show that we lost all the three matches that we played against them last season,” Platinum assistant coach Tendai Chikuni told the Daily News yesterday.

“It was an open game, we were supposed to have buried them early in the match but that’s what you get when you miss clear-cut chances. They also took the game to us with their normal passing game and at the end of the day a point was good enough for us.”

The Platinum miners who finished in seventh place last season, lost home and away in the league to Monomotapa. Nicknamed ‘Chinomakwa nani’ because of their attacking brand of football, Monoz went on to dump Platinum out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup at the semi-final stage.

On Saturday, Platinum unleashed their new acquisition in Obrey Chirwa, signed from Nkonkola in Zambia. The winger, who replaced Ali Sadiki in the second half, created anxious moments for the Monomotapa defence with his trickery and off-the-ball running.

The 19- year-old was playing in only his second game for Platinum, having featured in the nil all draw with Highlanders at Mandava last week.

“We didn’t want to introduce him so early in the season,” Chikuni said of the Zambian teenager.

“But after that game against Highlanders the boy has matured faster than we thought, his confidence is growing with every game and I’m sure he will play a key role in games to come.”

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