FC Platinum edge Triangle

CHIREDZI – Not for the first time this season, FC Platinum were again awarded a penalty which propelled them to a slender victory over Triangle in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Gibbo Stadium yesterday.

FC Platinum have been very lucky with penalty decisions this season — something that other teams have complained about.

With their forwards struggling to get goals, Pure Platinum Play have largely relied on goals from the spot thus far.

Yesterday, set-piece specialist Winston Mhango converted from the spot in the 26th minute after referee Jimmy Makwanda awarded the visitors the penalty following a foul on Gift Mbweti inside the box.

The win ensured that Norman Mapeza’s side remained in the hunt for their maiden league title after they moved into third place on the log with 42 points from 22 matches.

FC Platinum now trail log leaders Chicken Inn by three points as the title race now begins to take shape in the second half of the season.

As for Triangle, they have been blowing hot and cold this season and remain stuck in the middle of the table with 28 points from 22 matches in ninth place.

Their home record has been terrible this season.

Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro said: “It’s very painful to lose. Today we were passive in the opening minutes and we made a blunder by giving away the goal; it could have been avoided but it’s part of the game, we hope to recover in our next match.”

The visitors’ coach Norman Mapeza was impressed with the fact that his side was able to recover from the 2-1 midweek defeat to CAPS United.

“With a bit of luck we could have scored two or more goals. We changed our tactical approach, it paid dividends for us today after losing against CAPS United; the players worked hard,” he said.

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