Gamecocks, Platinum draw

BULAWAYO - Log leaders Chicken Inn edged a step closer the Castle Lager Premiership title after they held off the challenge from second-placed FC Platinum courtesy of Clemence Matawu’s second half equaliser.

With four games to go before the season ends, the Gamecocks now lead the log standings with 53 points while Platinum, who scored first yesterday through Tatenda Dzumbunu, are now on 49 points.

After the game, Gamecocks coach Joey Antipas said: “It was really a tight game. I am happy with the point; we played against a better team. One thing is we cannot complain about the draw, we would have loved to collect three points but all the same it is a valuable point. And the race is still on.”

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza still believes his side can pip Chicken Inn to the title in the remaining four matches.

“It’s a vital point for us, especially playing against 11 men. Like I always say, God is the one who knows our destiny. Anything can happen, remember we have 12 points still to play for.”

As expected, the match between the two in-form sides in the league kicked off at a blistering pace and it is the visitors who should have taken an early lead.

Only eight minutes in, FC Platinum winger Marshal Mudehwe was teed up by Brian Muzondiwa but shot just wide from close range.

It was no surprise when the visitors took the lead in the 16th minute when Dzumbunu beat Gamecocks keeper Elvis Chipezeze from close range.

The goal was a result of a good team build-up that involved Muzondiwa and the midfielder to leave the Gamecocks’ defence perplexed.

During the early stages, the visitors were on top of their game and never gave Chicken Inn a sniff in the first half.

The game however, changed after the breather as the home side came back, firing from all cylinders and were level three minutes after the break.

FC Platinum midfielder Winston Mhango failed to clear his lines inside the box allowing Matawu the space to shoot past goalkeeper Petros Mhari.

From there on, it was the home side who laid siege on the visitors’ goal but they could not find the winning goal.

Meanwhile, in another match played yesterday at Ascot Stadium, Chapungu and Highlanders played out a 1-1 draw.

Philip Marufu scored for the hosts before Knox Mutizwa equalised with his 12th goal of the season.

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