FC Platinum back on top

BULAWAYO - FC Platinum shot back to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership log after edging 10-man Chicken Inn 1-0 during a re-arranged match at White City Stadium yesterday.

The two teams should have played two weeks ago but the match was cancelled due to the nationwide strikes – dubbed #Shutdown.

FC Platinum are now on 33 points from 15 matches, three ahead of second-placed Highlanders, who have a game in hand.

Midfield hardman Winston Mhango scored the all important goal for the visitors two minutes before the break with a wonderful strike.

The home side hard midfielder Thabani Goredema sent off after he received his second booking of the game from referee Thomas Massa, who made a number of questionable decisions, just four minutes after the halftime break.

After the match, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza said: “I’m not much concerned about being on top of the league log. We are not looking at championship. All we want is to collect the highest possible points and see what is in store for us. We will take each game as it comes.”

The match had started on a high tempo with both teams trying to take control of proceedings.

Defender Elvis Moyo should have given Platinum the lead in the sixth minute but he sent his shot over the bar when he had been given space just outside the Gamecocks box.

In the 13th minute, Pride Tafirenyika failed to score after he had been teed up with a headed pass from Obadiah Tarumbwa inside the visitors’ box.

Tafirenyika tried to be spectacular but sent his effort over the bar with only the Paltinum keeper Petros Mhari to beat.

Then when it looked like the match would go into halftime deadlocked, Mhango pounced.

It was a good team goal that saw the visitors string a number of passes before Walter Musona set released Mhango, who beat Gamecocks keeper Elvis Chipezeze.

Chicken Inn’s search for a equaliser was severely hampered just after the break when Goredema pulled back Marshal Mudehwe when he had been beaten for pace.

Massa had no choice but to brandish the yellow card which was the midifelder’s second of the game.

Goredema had initially been cautioned a 34 minutes for remonstrating against the referee’s decision.

Although they were a man down, the home side threw everything at the platinum miners but they could not find a way past Mhari.

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