FC Platinum go top, Bosso held

19 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
FC Platinum go  top, Bosso held

The Sunday Mail

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FORMER champions FC Platinum went back to the top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League standings after coming from behind to beat bottom-placed Hwange 3-1 at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

Hwange had taken a surprise lead from the penalty spot through Kelly Shiyandindi in the second minute, while FC Platinum equalised in the 35th minute through Wilfred Muvirimi.

Lawrence Mhlanga made it 2-1 four minutes later and Davison Marowa completed the rout in the 70th minute.

The victory gave FC Platinum 22 points from 12 matches, two ahead of Manica Diamonds, who face tricky Green Fuel at Sakubva Stadium this afternoon.

At Nyamhunga Stadium, Highlanders’ miserable run in the resort town continued with a 1-1 draw against ZPC Kariba.

Former Highlanders striker Stanley Ngala put ZPC Kariba ahead in the 24th minute, while Highlanders had to wait for the 50th minute through Lynoth Chikuhwa, who moved top of the scorers’ chart with six goals.

Bosso have not won a league game away against ZPC Kariba since the team’s promotion to the Premiership in 2014.

They now have a record of five draws and four losses away to the electricity boys as Kelvin Kaindu’s charges failed to secure the positive response following their 2-0 loss at home against FC Platinum on match day 11.

At Baobab Stadium, champions Ngezi Platinum scored two second-half goals to beat TelOne 2-0 and move up to 10th position on the standings with 15 points from 12 games.

Polite Moyo put the hosts ahead in the 52nd minute, while Tapiwa Mandinyenya sealed the victory with a 61st minute goal.

TelOne, who replaced Tendai Chikuni with Herbert Maruwa during the week, are third from bottom with 11 points from 12 matches following a fifth defeat of the season.

At Sakubva Stadium, Bikita Minerals began life after coach Saul Chaminuka with a 2-1 win over newcomers Chegutu Pirates.

Victory was secured through two quick goals by Allen Gahadzikwa (9th minute) and Evans Katema (12th minute), while a penalty by Aaron Dzangai reduced arrears for Chegutu Pirates.

With the win, Bikita Minerals moved to seventh place with 16 points from 11 matches and they still have a game in hand.

On the other hand, Chegutu Pirates are now fourth from bottom with 11 points from as many matches, while awaiting the outcome of a disciplinary hearing over their abandoned match against Dynamos at the Baobab Stadium last month.

At Luveve Stadium, a goal in each half by Evans Rusike and Vincent Sango were all that visiting Yadah Stars needed to beat newcomers Arenel Movers.

Rusike, a former Warriors forward, struck the ball home in the 36th minute when he beat a badly positioned Arenel Movers goalkeeper Aaron Ngwenya.

The goal came against the run of play.

Vincent Sango made it two for the Miracle Boys in the 66th minute after he beat a badly exposed Ngwenya from inside the box.

It was Arenel Movers’ fourth defeat of the season.

The Sweet Boys’ house seems to be burning and coach Farai Tawachera said there was need for a professional approach from the entire team setup after a scheduled camp was called off on Friday.

“It’s very bad, very bad, we were not there. The whole setup is wrong, from the administration up to the ground,” he said.

“We are trying our best as coaches, but it’s not coming out. I wouldn’t want to talk much about it, but the whole setup is just wrong.

“I’m not throwing in the towel, but they need to correct their mistakes. If we lose like this, people will sit down, but if we continue picking up points here and there, they won’t see the danger of it. This is a wake-up call for us.

“They think football is played by coaches and players, but it’s not like that. That’s why it’s a house, everyone must play their part. Going into the field, we were not there.”

Yadah Stars head coach Thomas Ruzive could not hide his joy.

“We played very well, it’s well done to the boys,” said Ruzive.

“If you check in the last games, we have been creating a lot of chances, but failing to convert. Today (yesterday), it was a different story.”

Yadah Stars, who missed Khama Billiat through suspension, are now on 13 points.

At Rufaro Stadium, second half goals by Milton Chimedza and Tinashe Mupumha earned Herentals a 2-0 win over Bulawayo Chiefs.




Arenel Movers 0-2 Yadah

Bikita Minerals 2-1 Chegutu Pirates

FC Platinum 3-1 Hwange

Herentals 2-0 Bulawayo Chiefs

Ngezi Platinum 2-0 TelOne

ZPC Kariba 1-1 Highlanders




CAPS United v Dynamos (Rufaro)

Chicken Inn v Simba Bhora (Luveve)

Manica Diamonds v Greenfuel (Sakubva)

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