CAPS, Platinum in four-goal thriller

ZVISHAVANE – Three goals in a space of five minutes, two of them of pure quality, were the highlight of this entertaining 2-2 draw between FC Platinum and CAPS United in a Castle Premiership match at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

Platinum broke the deadlock through a 14th minute penalty by Charles Sibanda before Tapiwa Khumbuyani equalised on 40 minutes.

CAPS went in front two minutes later on, courtesy of Rahman Kutsanzira before Donald Ngoma restored parity two minutes later.

The result saw CAPS United maintain their unbeaten run over Platinum since the miners joined the Premiership in 2011.

It also meant Lloyd Mutasa will have to wait a little longer before he registers his first league win in charge of FC Platinum.

United would  be excused to feel hard done by referee Brighton Chimene, who denied them a clear penalty when Benson Maglasi was brought down inside the box by Thabani Kamusoko.

Although the referee adjudged that Maglasi had dived, CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro saw otherwise.

“We believe that was a clear penalty but if the referee says it’s not, then there is nothing we can do,” said Mangwiro.

“We played in phases but it was a good performance. The breaks are killing our rhythm, but there is nothing we can do. But as coaches, we would have wanted properly planned scenarios considering that we also need to plan ahead.”

Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa said: “The defence went to sleep in the last stages of first half and allowed soft goals. I hope that we will pick up in the next few games.”

FC Platinum took the lead through Sibanda, who sent Tafadzwa Dube the wrong way from the penalty spot after Arnold Chivheya handled Obrey Chirwa’s effort inside the box.

Three minutes later, Platinum could have increased the lead but Ngoma and Sibanda failed to tap in a low cross from right back Raphael Muduviwa.

CAPS striker Tawanda Nyamandwe came close in the 21st minute but his weak header was safely collected by Petros Mhari.

The visitors equalised in the 40th minute through captain Khumbuyani, who connected a free kick from Ronald Pfumbidzayi on the left to place a low shot that went through the legs of Platinum defenders.

Two minutes later CAPS took the lead when Kutsanzira came in with a flashing header past Mhari.

But Platinum were not deterred as they equalized in the 45th minute, Ngoma with an overhead kick, connecting a header from Chirwa.

Platinum: Petros Mhari, Daniel Veremu, Raphael Muduviwa, Elvis Moyo, Kelvin Moyo, Thabani Kamusoko, Charles Sibanda, Joel Ngodzo, Donald Ngoma, Welcome Ndiweni (Obrey Chirwa, 69min) , Winston Mhango (Marshall Mudehwe, 46m)

CAPS: Tafadzwa Dube, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Ronald Pfumbidzayi, Arnold Chivheya, Tawanda Munyanduri, Dominic Mukandi, Benson Maglasi (Hardlife Zvirekwi, 67m), Rahman Kutsanzira, Dominic Chungwa, Moses Muchenje, Tawanda Nyamandwe (Leonard Fiyado, 79min).

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