Chapungu, FC Platinum draw in Midlands derby

HARARE - The Midlands derby featuring FC Platinum and Chapungu did not live up to its billing as the encounter ended goalless here yesterday.

The match lacked all elements that make a derby match as both teams failed to find the back of the net.

The first half was a cagey affair as both teams sought to break the deadlock.

The second half brought life to a largely dull encounter when Hillary Mugoniwa blasted his shot over the bar after 70 minutes of play.

Chapungu striker Allan Tavarwisa wasted his team’s only real chance in the second half when he blasted his free kick over the bar. FC Platinum replied with Philemon Mudenha who was denied by the wood work after 73 minutes.

The visitors’ coach Norman Mapeza was happy with the draw as his team missed the services of several regular players.

“I am happy with the draw. We did not have most of our regular players and that affected us,” Mapeza said.

Notable absentees included the pair of Wisdom Mutasa and Walter Musona who are in Slovakia on trials.

The exciting David Ngoma’s absence was also felt as FC Platinum lacked spark upfront.

Ngoma is at Young Africans of Tanzania on trials.

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino said his team could have done better.

“A draw is a welcome result since it’s a derby match. We could have done better,” Nyikadzino said.

Meanwhile, Sunday Chidzambwa is still searching for his first win after his ZPC Kariba side went down 1-0 to Tsholotsho at Nyamhunga Stadium yesterday.

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