Platinum switch off ZPC

ZVISHAVANE - ZPC Kariba's hopes of winning the Castle Premiership title suffered a major setback after they were handed their third defeat of the season by a high-flying FC Platinum side which won 2-0 here yesterday.

The second-placed Kariba-based side were hoping to collect maximum points and go top temporarily by a single point ahead of Dynamos, who play Chapungu in Harare this afternoon.

However, Saul Chaminuka’s side can now end the weekend five points behind DeMbare with only four games to go before the season ends. 

Yesterday, ZPC went down after the home side scored second half goals through Wisdom Mutasa and Simon Shoko.

With the win, FC Platinum moved into fourth place on the log with 41 points.

After the match ZPC coach Saul Chaminuka insisted that their target is to finish in top four not winning the title.

“We did not play well today but as I have said before we need to finish in the top four. FC Platinum played well today, I think we lost the game in the midfield but they are still four games to play. We need to remain focused,” Chaminuka said.

His opposite number Norman Mapeza was delighted with his team's performance as it gives them a strong chance of playing in the Mbada Diamonds Cup at the end of the season.

“The boys worked very hard today. I told them that we need to put maximum effort till the end of the season,” said Mapeza.

“Our aim is to finish in the top four and we have a chance to play in the Mbada Diamonds Cup but God knows our destiny.”

The home side started the match on the upper hand. They could have scored their first goal three minutes into the game after Aubrey Chirwa won the ball inside the box but he shot straight at ZPC goalie Tonderayi Mateyaunga.

Two minutes later, Mutasa missed a good opportunity to score after he received an inviting pass from Chirwa but his shot went over the bar.

ZPC started to claw back into the match and created their first chance in the just before the half hour mark.

Limited Chikafa won the ball inside the box before but his shot was well saved by the home side goalkeeper Petros Mhari as the first period ended goalless.

The home side had a good start to the secnd period when Mutasa broke the deadlock just two minutes after the break.

The former Aces Youth Academy and Motor Action midfielder received a pass inside the box from Tatenda Dzumbunu before scoring with a low shot.

FC Platinum continued with their sleek passing game and their second goal did not come as a surprise after Shoko scored with a spectacular long range shot seven minutes from time.

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