Platinum edge Bantu Rover

ZVISHAVANE - FC Platinum had a late first half strike from Marshall Mudehwe to thank for their win 1-0 over a determined Bantu Rovers side in Castle Premiership match at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

The result came as a huge relief for the home side’s coach Lloyd Mutasa after consecutive draws against Highlanders, Black Rhinos and How Mine in their last three matches.

“It’s a huge relief after going for three draws in our last matches. It gives us so much confidence going into our next three matches,” said Mutasa.

“They are all crucial games because they are all derbies as we will be playing against Chapungu and Shabanie Mine. I’m pleased with the way the players controlled the game today.”

It was the visitors, who settled first during yesterday’s match with Tafadzwa Kitinyu combining well forwards Bukhosi Sibanda and Obediah Tarumbwa to threaten the Platinum defence.

Tarumbwa should have scored at least twice in the opening minutes but the experienced forward shot wide with the keeper at his mercy.

Bantu were punished for those glaring misses by Tarumbwa as Mudehwe put the home side in the lead two minutes before the break.

The winger beat Bantu goalie Takunda Mutanga with a lovely volley after connecting with a Proud Zireni’s headed clearance from a Qadr Amin centre.

After the break, the visitors upped the ante and laid siege on the FC Platinum goal but they failed to utilise the large chunks of possession and chances that came their way.

At the other end, the hosts looked dangerous every time they attacked on the break but Mudehwe, Aubrey Chirwa and Michelle Katsvairo failed to increase their lead.

Bantu Rovers coach Methembe Ndlovu praised his charges for their second half display.

“I’m really impressed with how these youngsters acquitted themselves. It’s only that luck was not on our side but we could have won this match,” said Ndlovu.

“We will continue to work on our shortcomings until we get it right.”

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