Stalemate in Zvishavane derby

ZVISHAVANE - Scuffles between Shabanie Mine and FC Platinum marshals before the kick-off were the major highlights of the Zvishavane derby which ended goalless at Maglas Stadium yesterday.

The Zvishavane derby which is fast becoming the liveliest derby in the country had a tense build-up with marshals from both teams clashing at the gates and dressing room.

FC Platinum were the first to arrive at the venue only to find the entrance blocks by the home team’s marshals.

Commotion soon ensured after the FC Platinum marshals were involved in scuffles with their counterparts after they forced open the gates to allow the visitors’ team bus to enter the venue.

There was commotion when the running battles between the two sets of marshals continued into the pitch when the two teams were going through their pre-match warm-up.

In one instance, a Shabanie marshal only identified as Musavengana was pushed to the ground by FC Platinum marshals on the Maglas turf.

It was a sad advertisement of the local game that has battled to regain some credibility in recent years.

Hopefully the Castle Premiership takes action against the two clubs to ensure that the stadia around the country are once again peaceful arenas where families can go to be entertained.

Away from the off field drama, FC Platinum started brightly dominating the midfield where Simon Shoko and Thabani Kamusoko got the better of the jittery Marvelous Dikinya, Allan Tavarwisa and Douglas Sibanda.

The visitors continued to exert their control of the game with returnee Benjamin Marere and Michelle Katsvairo causing all sorts of problems for the Shabanie defence with some clever darting runs upfront.

Although the duo was full of running, they never really got clear cut chances to score for the visitors.

Shabanie gathered their nerves and crawled their way back into the match towards the end of the first half.

An injury to Kamusoko on the stroke of halftime slowed FC Platinum down and allowed Shabanie to have more of the possession in the second period.

Just like what the platinum miners were doing in the first half, Shabanie also failed to turn their dominance into goals in second half.

Xolani Ncube and Smart Muchabaiwa came close to scoring but they could not beat FC platinum goalie Petros Mhari.

The visitors were presented with a glorious chance to win the match when Allen Gahadzikwa released the exciting Blessing Sahondo, who had come on for Raymond Sibanda.

Sahondo, who was making his debut for the platinum miners after his promotion from their development side, shot straight at goalkeeper Victor Twaliki.

After the match, Shabanie coach John Phiri rued his side’s missed chances.

“We were better in the second half but we lacked the killer instinct. Lack of experience affected us as we suffered from poor decision making in front of goal,” said Phiri.

FC Platinum coach Lloyd mutasa was pleased with the result.

“This was a derby and derbies are difficult and a draw is a fair result. We had our chances which we could have utilised. I am pleased with the way we played," said Mutasa.

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