Platinum, Rhinos in stalemate

ZVISHAVANE - Black Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani was satisfied with his side’s away 1-1 draw with FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium in a Castle Premiership match.

The One Commando-based soldiers should have collected maximum points but were unlucky after defender Obert Gada scored an own goal to cancel out goalkeeper Jonathan Zvaita’s first half penalty.

“A point against FC Platinum was a good result even though they could have gifted us with the three points,” said Tutani.

“The boys played to instructions and it worked well for us because we were content with defending.”

On the other hand, the home side’s coach Lloyd Mutasa was left to rue the failure by his player’s to punish Rhinos when they had the momentum.

“We created chances but we failed to score and we will continue to work on that. It’s part of the game where you would want to win at home," said Mutasa.

From the first minute it was obvious that Rhinos had come to Zvishavane with a plan to defend deep before trying their luck on the break.

FC Platinum had all the possession especially in the first half as the visitors dropped deep to defend in their own third.

Despite having all the possession, the home side was not at their best as they found it difficult to get behind the Rhinos defence.

Defender Gift Bello had the first real chance when his low shot beat Zvaita but Rhinos captain Bruce Homora produced a last minute tackle to keep the ball out.

The soldiers rarely threatened in the opening half and one of the few occasions they ventured forward right on the stroke of half time they were rewarded for their resilience.

Full back Jameson Mukombwe broke on the right wing before sending in a vicious cross that was handled by Platinum defender Simon Shoko inside the box.

Zvaita stepped up to send Petros Mhari the wrong way and give Rhinos the lead on the stroke of halftime.

In the second period, FC Platinum came back with more determination with the introduction of Wisdom Mutasa and Walter Musona for Mitchelle Katsvairo and Stephen Sibanda.

The move paid off as the Rhinos defence was put under more pressure by the substitutes incisive darts and passes in the final third.

The home side were level on 62 minutes when Gada beat his own goalkeeper in an attempt to clear a shot from Musona.

Buoyed by the goal, Platinum began to play some purposeful football but their dominance failed to result in goals.

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