Platinum, Chapungu share spoils

ZVISHAVANE - FC Platinum and Chapungu played out a goalless draw in Castle Premiership encounter of few chances at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

The Midlands derby which also ended in a goalless stalemate in the reverse fixture last month was devoid of entertainment as both sets of teams were cautious.

The home side is plagued by injuries to most senior players and this forced coach Lloyd Mutasa to throw in a number of youngsters, who fizzled out as the game grew.

Mutasa started with his son Wisdom and Tatenda Dzumbunu in central midfield with young Blessing Sahondo, who graduated from the FC Platinum juniors, wide on the right flank while Michelle Katsvairo operated on the left.

The formation clicked only for the opening stages but Chapungu seized control of the game only to be let down by some poor finishing.

Debutant Ashley Mukwenya, who moved from Shabanie Mine last week, was not given any room to manoeuvre by his former Shabanie teammate William Ngonya, who kept him under lock and key.

Chapungu had more experienced players on the park and the air force side should have punished their opponents but were not precise in front of goal.

The visitors’ coach John Nyikadzino was content with the draw though a win could have been possible.

“Derbies are difficult to win but a point away from home was not bad either,” said Nyikadzino.

Mutasa was worried after yet another draw by his side following last weekend’s stalemate in the Zvishavane derby against Shabanie.

“We failed to create chances. We would have wanted to win but that’s football," said mutasa.

Meanwhile, before kick-off FC platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari was presented with the club's player-of-the-month award for June while defender Aaron Katebe won the award for the month of July.

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