Mutizwa strike sends Bosso through

ZVISHAVANE - Highlanders' man-of-the-moment Knox Mutizwa broke the hearts of FC Platinum with an injury-time strike that dumped the high-riding Zvishavane side out of the Netone Easy Call Cup.

With the hard-fought match teetering towards a penalty shootout, Mutizwa won the ball on the far side and pushed it to Obadiah Tarumbwa and ran into space.

Tarumbwa dribbled past a defender before setting up the Zimbabwe youth international who tapped home to send Bosso fans into delirium.

The 21-year-old striker whose performances have won the hearts of many at the Bulawayo giants could not contain his joy at the final whistle, saying it was now his time.

“It’s all about the right time. My wish is to wake up and buy my mum a house that is my goal. I am happy,” said Mutizwa who takes care of four siblings in Bulawayo.

“This win means a lot to us. We wanted it and hopefully this will rub off into our season.”

Bosso interim coach Comas Zulu paid tribute to FC Platinum goalie Winston Mhari for denying his side on many occasions.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza was gracious in defeat.

“I am not disappointed. We played well, just that we gave away a soft goal but I am proud of the boys, they played well,” he said.

“They have become a good side. It hasn’t been easy to turn this side into the machine that it now is. It’s encouraging.”

There was little to separate the two sides at the end of a thrilling first half that produced plenty of goal mouth action at both ends of the pitch.

Such was the high tempo that both teams found the back of the net but their efforts were ruled out for offside.

Marshal Mudehwe set the tone for the platinum miners with his bustling runs down the right flank that nearly yielded in a breakthrough when he closed down Ariel Sibanda.

Fortunately for the Bosso goalie, the ball ricocheted behind the goal for a corner kick.

Mutizwa should have swung the game into Bosso’s favour after shrugging off his marker but his tame effort from inside the box went straight to Mhango.

The Bosso forward was playing with his heart on his sleeve running back into defence and ever present in attack as well.

FC Platinum had chances of their own through Brian Muzondiwa and Obrey Chirwa but could not convert.

Chirwa was perhaps the closest,  shooting inches past the upright before finding the back of the net with a header that was ruled out for offside.

The second half was just as much an edge-of-the-seat affair with both sides pulling no punches in their endeavour to put their best foot forward for the last silverware of the season.

Mhari pulled a double save to deny Mutizwa’s goal-bound header.

At the other end, Chirwa missed a seater much to the disdain of Mapeza whose frustration by the touchline was palpable.

Mudehwe went on to shoot over the bar from close range.

They would come to rue those missed opportunities when Mutizwa brought the house down right at the death.

Teams

FC Platinum: Petros Mhari, Ian Nekati, Gift Bello, Kevin Moyo, Elvis Moyo, Winston Mhango, Gerald Takwara, Tatenda Dzumbunu, Marshal Mudehwe, Brian Muzondiwa, Obrey Chirwa.

Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Rahman Kutsanzira, Obadiah Tarumbwa, Bruce Kangwa, Nqobizitha Masuku, Knox Mutizwa, Felex Chindungwe, Douglas Sibanda, Erick Mudzingwa, Valentine Ndaba, Peter Muduhwa.

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