Mapeza outwits Akbay

BULAWAYO - Bulawayo giants Highlanders yesterday suffered their first defeat of the season when visiting FC Platinum proved too powerful for them to collect their second full set of points.

The Zvishavane-based platinum miners did not only beat their opponents but also displayed some well-knit and tactical football that saw them playing like they were the home side.

Platinum, played with so much freedom in midfield, got their deserved lead after 23 minutes when Walter Musona opened the scoring.

A cross from Elvis Moyo was connected in the box by Tatenda Dzumbunu whose shot unfortunately hit the upright before Musona tapped home the rebound.

Six minutes into the second half, Norman Mapeza’s side took the game beyond Bosso’s reach when impressive forward Obrey Chirwa extended their lead silencing the multitudes of Bosso fans.

Chirwa dispossessed Tendai Ndlovu on the edge of the box, charged towards goal before he skilfully chipped the ball past the an exposed Ariel Sibanda.

However, the hosts never gave up as they remained resolute pushing forward in search of the a way back into the game but the FC Platinum defence was disciplined.

Bosso were handed a lifeline on 66 minutes when Rahman Kutsanzira scored the face-saver.

After a beautiful exchange of passes, Knox Mutizwa, who had a bad day by his standards, released Kutsanzira through into the box with a beautiful pass that left the visitors defence at sixes and sevens.

The Bosso winger had the simple task to beat Petros Mhari from close range.

Motivated by the hopeful fans, Bosso were like a house on fire as they began pushing forward in search of the equaliser but they were shutout by a tactically disciplined FC Platinum defence.

After the game the Bosso gaffer Erol Akbay was not impressed with the number of chances his side missed.

“Actually, I am very sad because our play was very good but we conceded a stupid goal in the first half. Before that we had three good chances but we missed. If you miss such chances, it’s difficult to win the match,” he said.

Mapeza was pleased with the result and expressed optimism going forward.

“I am quite relieved at the same time I am happy with the win and the most important thing is that are we able to play the same type of football,” Mapeza said.

“Our objective is to collect as many points as we can in the first half of the season unlike what happened last season where we did not start very well. I just hope we can keep the momentum on.”

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