Joy for Lloyd Mutasa

HARARE - FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was a relieved man after his side beat defending champions Dynamos 3-0 in a penalty shootout to win the Independence Trophy for the second time here yesterday.

What made the victory also sweet was that it was Mutasa’s son, Wisdom who scored the final and decisive penalty that won the platinum miners the trophy.

The tie had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and went straight into extra time where Dynamos failed to hold their nerve from 12 yards.

FC Platinum scored three of their spot kicks through Thabani Kamusoko, Raphael Muduviwa and Mutasa while Qadr Amini, who had scored the equaliser from the spot in regulation time, missed his kick.

Deven Chafa, Ronald Chitiyo and Themba Ndlovu missed for the Glamour Boys to give victory to the platinum miners.

“I’m very happy with the lads, they never looked like they were one man down as they kept showing a lot of resilience,” Mutasa said after the match.

“I also told the lads to spare a thought for the fans who travelled all the way from Zvishavane to support them and it really worked wonders and looking at the match.”

Mutasa had been under pressure after the platinum miners started the league with a draw and a defeat to Chiredzi FC and Hwange respectively.

His side however, had to rally from behind yesterday after failing behind to a Thomas Magorimbo 18th minute strike.

Magorimbo’s shot somehow went in despite Platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari getting a strong hand to the ball.

After going down, FC Platinum thrown everything they had at Dynamos and were only thwarted by a combination of good goalkeeping by George Chigova and some poor finishing.

The Zvishavane side’s task of equalising was made worse after they had to play the remaining quarter of the game with 10 men after winger Marshal Mudehwe suffered a serious head injury.

Mutasa had made all three substitutions when Mudehwe went down and hit his head on the turf as he tried to avoid a challenge from Themba Ndlovu.

There was a 11-minute stoppage as paramedics and doctors from both clubs rushed on the scene to attend to the injured player, who was finally taken to hospital by an ambulance.

FC Platinum finally got their equaliser in the 11th minute of added time when Tichaona Mabvura brought down Wisdom Mutasa inside the box.

Amini stepped up to send Chigova the wrong way to force the tie into a penalty shootout.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa was disappointed with the way his team switched off in the dying stages of the match to concede the penalty.

“We lost concentration in the dying stages of the match,” said a dejected Pasuwa.

“We also conceded a penalty that I felt was too harsh but I thought as team with a lead and numerical advantage should have kept possession but instead we kept defending too deep and not moving forward.”

Meanwhile, in Bulawayo at White City Stadium, Highlanders beat Harare City 1-0 in the Independence Trophy third-place play-off.

Comments (1)

Sorry mr Pasuwa that's how others have tried to help Dynamos and failed.You may be a good coach but your efforts will not be visible because the management itself sabotaged the team years back.

believe chizeya - 20 April 2014

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