Platinum thump Monoz

ZVISHAVANE – FC Platinum continued with their new found dominance over Monomotapa with a 2-0 victory in a Castle Premiership match at Mandava Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Winston Mhango and Michelle Katsvairo helped the platinum miners move into fourth place on the log level on 36 points.

Monomotapa had not lost to Platinum in all their previous visits to Mandava since the Zvishavane-based side was promoted in 2012.

But the tables the tables seem to have turned this season as Platinum have so far been able to conjure up two wins over their bogey team in all competition.

Three weeks ago, the platinum miners knocked Monoz out of the BancABC Sup8r Cup at the seminfinal stage with a 3-1 win at Barbourfields Stadium.

Yesterday's match was almost reminiscent of that Sup8r semifinal with Platinum capitalising on some poor defending from Monoz.

Monomoyapa were clearly the better side especially in the second half with Ronald Chitiyo and Hillary Mugoniwa showing some fine piece of individual brilliance.

The Harare side failed to dominate their possession into goals and were severely punished by their hosts.

FC Platinum dominated the early stages of first half with Donald Ngoma and Charles Sibanda enjoying a free rein down the wings.

Lloyd Mutasa’s men opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Mhango unleashed a scorcher after some shambolic defending by the visitors.

Sibanda swung in a cross from the left which Monoz defender Last Sithole cleared into the path of Mhango.

The former Hwange midfielder accepted the gift and thrust his side into the lead after Sithole’s poor clearance to fire past an exposed Jonathan Zvaita.

Platinum were close to increasing the lead six minutes later but Sibanda’s free kick crashed against the cross bar before going out for a goal kick.

Chitiyo should have equalised for the visitors on 29 minutes but he shot embarrassingly wide from a Nelson Melson cross.

Shortly before the end of the half, Mutasa pulled out a hugely disappointing Nelson Maziwisa for Katsvairo as his side went to the break in the lead.

The former Gunners forward would get onto the score sheet in the 54th minute after another piece of awful defending by the visitors.

The Monomotapa defenders executed a mistimed offside trap allowing Katsvairo to run in on goal before firing past Zvaita to increase the hosts lead.

Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was pleased with his side’s display in the first half which set the foundation for the victory.

“We had prepared well for this match and it was evident in the way we played. It’s also good to win this game because we have a cup final next weekend,” said Mutasa.

The failure to convert chances left Monomotapa coach Biggie Zuze a worried man after the final whistle.

“We haven't won since the start of the second half of the season and this is very worrisome,” he said.

“We seem to be creating a lot of chances but fail to convert. With this rate we need to pull ourselves so that we survive relegation.”

Comments (2)

Check your facts before writing baba. Correction #1: Platinum was not promoted in 2012, it was promoted in 2011 Correction #2: In their maiden season in the premiership, FC Platinum clobbered Monoz 3-0 at Mandava

Cde. Chinoz - 16 September 2013

FC Platinum, as it always does, cheated Monomotapa and 'won' 3-0 at Maglas in 2011. they are still disgracefull cheats up to this day

ANTI PLATINUM - 16 September 2013

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