Zvishavane's proudest moment

BULAWAYO – Zvishavane top flight sides FC Platinum and Shabanie Mine hogged the limelight this weekend after securing passage to the final of the BancABC Sup8r Tournament.

The bitter rivals will now meet at a yet to be named venue in what is expected to be a blockbuster tie.

Platinum progressed to the final at the expense of Monomotapa who they dismissed 3-1 on Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium.

Former Soccer Star of the Year Charles Sibanda was instrumental in Kugona Kunenge Kudada’s victory after creating his team’s opener and then restoring their lead after Monomotapa had equalised through Hillary Mugoniwa.

After the match, Sibanda admitted that his wish was for an all-Zvishavane final and his wish came true on Sunday when Shabanie Mine eliminated Dynamos after a penalty shoot-out.

Donald Ngoma scored the Platinum opener while the third and final goal was an own goal by Monomotapa defender Last Sithole.

Monomotapa’s youthful side showed their inexperience when conceding the opener after they failed to adjust their structures upon losing defender Lawrence Mhlanga through injury and was punished when Ngoma put away a Sibanda cross before they could make a replacement.

And after Mugoniwa had levelled matters on 71 minutes, the Monomotapa defenders let their teammates down when they went to sleep and allowed Sibanda to slot the ball home unchallenged two minutes later.

Platinum could have come away with a goal harvest but their forwards were wasteful with the chief culprits being Ngoma, Nelson Maziwisa and Winston Mhango.

A late surge by Luke Masomere’s Shabanie turned the tables on Dynamos, who must have already been relishing the prospects of playing in the final after dominating proceedings from the onset at Barboufields on Sunday.

DeMbare’s failure to kill off the game during the period when they had the upper hand allowed Shabanie to take the game into the dreaded penalties after former Highlanders striker Tarisai Rukanda headed home the equaliser with 11 minutes left on the clock.

The shock of Rukanda’s leveller must have been too much for Dynamos who immediately lost their grip on the game and survived by the skin of their teeth in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Shabanie keeper Victor Twaliki then saved two Dynamos spot kicks to earn his team a famous victory and set up a mouthwatering final against Platinum.

Dynamos skipper Tawanda Muparati was unlucky to finish on the losing side after his outstanding performance in the middle of the park.

Muparati’s vision and ball mastery was exceptional but his sublime passes were not put to good use by Dynamos’ lone striker Washington Pakamisa.

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