FC Platinum in winning start

HARARE - Zimbabwe's representatives in the African Confederation Cup — FC Platinum — got off to a flying start when they registered an away win in Kenya against Sofapaka FC.

The 2014 Chibuku Super Cup champions could have won by an avalanche of goals but woeful finishing and evident lack of match fitness restricted them to a narrow win at Nyayo Stadium.

Yesterday’s result leaves the Zvishavane’s side favourites to progress to the next round.

The platinum miners got their goals through impressive Brian Muzondiwa and hard-running forward Donald Ngoma while striker Fiston Fabdoul was on target for the home side.

The two teams came into the game looking for an early goal and play swung from one end to the other but both failed to utilise chances that came their way.

Sofapaka had a great opportunity to take an early lead in the fifth minute when they opened up the FC Platinum defence, but midfielder Danson Kago shot from just six yards went agonisingly wide of goal.

FC Platinum were not sitting back though, and in the 14th minute Walter Musona narrowly missed the target after a good exchange of passes with Wisdom Mutasa.

The Zvishavane side, however, broke the deadlock in the 26th minute through Muzondiwa.

The goal  was a piece of pure brilliance on the part of the former Black Rhinos midfielder who received a pass from Mutasa before making a solo     run from his own half, curling in a shot past Sofapaka goalkeeper David Okello.

Sofapaka came back a more rejuvenated side in the second half and were duly rewarded in the 46th minute when Fabdoul capitalised on a slip by one of the platinum miners’ central defenders with a well taken shot from a tight angle.

Platinum continued with their dominant display and regained their deserved lead in the 74th minute when Ngoma finished off a Musona move.

Despite the win, coach Norman Mapeza bemoaned the team’s lack of fitness after his side fizzled out towards the end of the match.

“In terms of results I am happy, but in terms of play I am not happy at all. The payers are still sluggish, their reaction was very slow,” Mapeza said. 

“I think this is because we are coming from off season and fitness wise the players are not up to the standard I am looking for.

“I am talking from a coaching point of view and I know these guys, in terms of fitness we are still maybe 45 percent.”

Mapeza was still full of praise for his team despite noting frailties which are associated with the off season.

“We brought in (Brian) Muzondiwa and (Wellington) Kamudyariwa. 

“They did well and I am proud of the boys.

“Most of them are still young and they need this kind of exposure because most of them represent the country in the Under 23 so confidence wise we are moving in the right direction.”

His counterpart Sam Timbe bemoaned missed chances.  

“We missed various chances, if we had converted our chances we could have won this game and we were punished because of that.

“I have not given up. If we go to Zimbabwe and play our game I am confident we will progress to the next round.”

FC Platinum will now host Sofapaka at Mandava in two weeks.

Comments (2)

This is poor reporting. Where are the results????? Yakawhina nengani....how many goals ...to what???????????

Mudhara - 16 February 2015

Nhai zvenyu Mudhara. munhu unganyore nyaya yese iyi usina scoreline. i thought scoreline ndiyo yekutanga ka ini. mareporter edu aya?????

mbanje - 17 February 2015

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