Platinum drop points again

ZVISHAVANE - FC Platinum's title challenge continued to stutter when they were held by Ngezi Platinum Stars in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

Norman Mapeza’s side scored through defender Kelvin Moyo in the 29th minute after Ngezi goalkeeper Nelson Chadya had fumbled Walter Musona’s free kick.

The home side failed to hold on to the lead as they allowed Partson Jaure to equalise for the visitors in the 72nd minute.

FC Platinum are now on 52 points, one behind log leaders CAPS United, who play against Dynamos this afternoon.

Mapeza was deflated by the result but insisted his side is still in with a chance of winning the title.

“First half, I think we started well in the first 25 minutes. After the water break, we created a few chances but in the second half we also had some good chances and we couldn’t score more,” he said.

“I think we are still in the title race but today it was very important for us to get three points after the setback against Harare City.

“But this is what happened and we have to accept it.”

The home side’s fans did not take lightly to how their side has faded away in the last two matches and protested at the final whistle.

“I’m disappointed and the supporters are also disappointed but at the end of the day we have to move on,” Mapeza said.

“The supporters have their reasons to be furious but we came here to look for three points and the guys gave their all on the field.

“If they don’t appreciate what the guys are doing on the pitch then it becomes difficult.”  

Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya said: “Our plan was to come here and get something out of this game. It’s always difficult to go to Mandava and come out with a point. I think my players did very well.

“They applied themselves very well today. Our plan was to defend in the first half because we knew they were going to come at us; we did that but unfortunately we conceded a very soft goal.

“From there on, we pushed hard to get to half time and in the second half we pushed hard for the equaliser. I think we were very much content with the plan, I’m very happy for the players, the club and the fans, who have travelled all the way to be here.”

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