Mutasa begins Platinum reign on a high

MASVINGO - FC Platinum goalie Francis Tizai saved two penalties to give new caretaker coach Lloyd Mutasa a 3-1 penalty shoot-out win over Highlanders in a BancABC Sup8r quarterfinal on Saturday after the tie had ended goalless at Mucheke Stadium.

The match marked Mutasa’s return to domestic club football after he was fired by Dynamos in August 2011 before temporarily taking shelter in Swaziland where he coached Green Mambas before his return this year.

The new Platinum gaffer was ecstatic on marking his return to the local league with a win.

“It’s good that we have won on my first game. I want to thank the youngsters for showing the determination to fight for honours,” said the Warriors assistant coach.

“To be the champions you need to beat the best and we did that by beating Highlanders, who are a powerhouse in Zimbabwean football.

“I want to thank the supporters for the support and welcoming me with such enthusiasm.”

Tizai was the hero for the Zvishavane-based miners saving two successive penalties from Simon Munawa and Bruce Kangwa while Heritani Masuku’s effort hit the upright.

The only Bosso player successful from the penalty spot was forward Milton Ncube, who scored the first penalty for Bosso.

FC Platinum scored their three penalties through Charles Sibanda, Daniel Veremu and Joel Ngodzo, who all beat Bosso goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya from 12 yards.

The defeat added more woes to Bosso, who are struggling with form after having lost two consecutive league games at the hands of Chicken inn and CAPS United.

An irate Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu said: “We missed a lot of chances and could have punished them. Now we have to go back to the drawing board and start planning for the forthcoming games. It’s tough luck for us, that’s the nature of Cup games.”

The first half was an evenly balanced affair with little in terms of goal mouth action.

FC Platinum’s real chance came in the 25th minute Diya used his legs to block a header from Charles Sibanda from inside the box.

In the 31st minute, Masimba Mambare had a goal bound shot blocked by Kelvin Moyo with Tizai well beaten.

Kaindu took off Bevan Chikaka in the 55th minute for Njabulo Ncube while Mutasa brought in Mitchell Katsvairo for Nelson Maziwisa as the two coaches searched for some cutting edge upfront.

The charges seemed to work in Platinum’s favour as the miners upped their game making some inroads into the Bosso territory but they failed to make it count in the final third.

Donald Ngoma and Ali Sadiki were Platinum’s biggest let down as they failed to come to the party.

Njabulo Ncube could have stolen a late winner in the 80th minute when he worked his way past Kelvin Moyo but his rising shot missed the target by a few inches.

A minute later, Diya came to Bosso’s rescue tipping over the bar a chip from Katsvairo from a close range.

The two teams failed to break the deadlock and in the end the penalty shoot-out lotary had to decide the winner.

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