Platinum outplay Highlanders at BF

BULAWAYO - FC Platinum’s impressive run continued yesterday when they beat Highlanders 2-1 at Barbourfields Stadium to take their unbeaten run in the Castle Lager Premiership to 10 matches.

Norman Mapeza’s side had to come from behind after falling to Knox Mutizwa’s fourth minute header to take the three points.

Left-back Elvis Moyo equalised for the visitors two minutes before the break after side footing past Njabulo Nyoni following a delightfully-weighted through ball from Brian Muzondiwa.

The visitors’ comeback was completed in the 63rd minute when Tarisai Rukanda got the better of Bosso defender Douglas Sibanda before dinking his shot over an outdrawn Nyoni.

With the win, Mapeza’s men remain in fourth place with 34 points and now trail log leaders Chicken Inn by six points.

But with the way the platinum miners have turned around their season after a poor start they are likely to have a say where the 2015 title is going to end up.

Mapeza was clearly delighted with the way his side responded after going down early in the match.

“We came here looking for a positive result and I’m proud of the boys. They did well after we went down in the first minutes,” he said.

“I told my players there was no need to panic; there was still some 90 minutes to play. Let’s stay focused and everything will fall into place.

“In terms of possession we were far much better but I thought there were some instances we gave the ball away unnecessarily.

“We improved a bit in the second half and we scored some quality goals and I’m proud of the boys.”

Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu was disappointed his side could not build on their positive early start and allowed the Zvishavane-based side to claw their way back into the game.

“We could not defend when we needed to. If you concede goals like how we conceded today (yesterday) it’s very easy to lose,” he said.

“We were dominant but couldn’t turn it into goals and it’s very frustrating. I think the defensive errors cost us today and we could not protect our goalkeeper.

“We need to finish off teams. We started off very well but because of sloppy defending we ended up losing the game. We need to work on our finishing.”

Bosso started the match on the front foot with Obadiah Tarumbwa and Mutizwa causing all sorts of problems for the FC Platinum centre backs Gift Bello and Kelvin Moyo.

It was no surprise when an unmarked Mutizwa got at the end of Tarumbwa’s cross from the right to head past an exposed Petros Mhari.

Bosso were threatening to steamroll past their visitors with some sleek passing but were let down by poor finishing.

The Bulawayo giants were punished for their profligacy when Elvis Moyo overlapped and was well spotted by Muzondiwa before firing past Nyoni shortly before the break.

In the second half, FC Platinum were in control of the game and took the lead when Sibanda over committed in a challenge on Rukanda.

The former Shabanie Mine forward neatly skipped past Sibanda before coolly lifting the ball over Nyoni.

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