The Sunday Mail
Bulawayo City . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
FC Platinum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
DEFENDING champions FC Platinum needed the expertise of reigning Soccer Star of the Year Rodwell Chinyengetere to grab their first Castle Lager Premier Soccer League win in four matches at Barbourfields yesterday.
The visitors went into this match without a win in the second half of the season and looked headed for another disappointing afternoon until Chinyengetere took matters into his hands 10 minutes from time.
The resourceful linkman fired home from close range after reacting swiftly to a flick by Rahman Kutsanzira, who was making a rare start for Pure Platinum Play.
It was Chinyengetere’s seventh goal of the season and it took FC Platinum to 49 points, and still two ahead of rivals Ngezi Platinum Stars.
FC Platinum, who also had Farai Mupasiri making another rare start, were a tad better in the second half but Norman Mapeza’s men could not convert the chances they fashioned out.
It was a bad start for former Warriors defender Bekhithemba Ndlovu who replaced Amini Soma Phiri as the new Bulawayo City coach.
City remain third from bottom with 15 points going into the last 13 games of the season.
The club has the highest turnover of coaches this season having fired Darlington Dodo in May for a poor start to the season.
Soma Phiri replaced Dodo but he was also fired in July for poor results
Bulawayo City, who survived relegation on the last day of the 2017 season, have now gone for four consecutive games without a win.
Bulawayo City: M. Diya, T. January (I. Kutsanzira 57), T. Banda, C. Ncube (Z. Ngodzo 55), R. Pavari, E. Mudzingwa, H. Ncube, O. Zibande, B. Phiri, T. Tavengwa, C. Samakweri (L. Nyathi 70)
FC Platinum: W. Magalane, R. Muduviwa, G. Bello, K. Moyo, W. Stima, W. Mhango, F. Madhanaga, R. Chinyengetere, R. Kutsanzira (K. Madzongwe 89), F. Mupasiri (G. Mbweti 62), M. Dube