FC PLatinum . . . 0
Highlanders . . . 0
By Mike Madyira
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League joint leaders Highlanders and FC Platinum maintained the status quo after playing to a goalless draw at Mandava yesterday.
Both sides shared a point each which took their points tally to 20, although Highlanders are on top, courtesy of a superior goal-difference.
It was the first time this season for the hosts to fail to score in a match, while Highlanders maintained their away unbeaten run in this campaign.
With the result giving third-placed Buffaloes the bright prospect of catching up, Highlanders assistant coach Bekhithemba Ndlovu is not worried by the drop in points.
“We take each game as it comes and today was just not our day. One point away is better than nothing,” said Ndlovu.
At Morris Depot, Albert Marufu reports that newly appointed Black Rhinos coach Arthur “Toots” Tutani got off to a winning start after his charges came from behind to beat a disjointed Black Mambas in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match yesterday.
Black Mambas, who lost their fourth match on the trot and were playing in an unfamiliar black and white strip, had got off to a flying start after Last Chibwiro converted from the spot in the 16th minute.
However, the lead was to be short-lived after “Warumwa Warumwa” captain Convenience Hungwe handled in the box two minutes later and up stepped veteran Brighton Chandisaita who beat goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga to silence the few, but noisy home supporters.
Chauya Chipemberere’s Trust Torovasei then secured maximum points for his side when his close range effort beat Mateyaunga in the 27th minute.
In Bulawayo, Vitalis Moyo reports that Chicken Inn beat Motor Action 2-1 at Luveve yesterday.
The Game Cocks got their goals from Tonisani Sibelo in the 2nd minute while Kebby kamhapa made it 2-0 in the 16th minute.
The Mighty Bulls got their face-saver in the 79th minute from Manuel Meleka.
Monomotapa beat tripple b in beitbridge
In Beitbridge at Dulibadzimu our correspondent reports that skipper Kudakwashe Musharu’s solitary strike was all visiting Monomotapa needed to bag maximum points in a Castle Lager premiership match against Tripple B yesterday.
Still smarting from a 3-0 loss to Dynamos, the 2008 champions made sure that they soothed the soul of their mourning fans with a quick return to winning ways.
Musharu capitalised on a defence mix-up in the 68th minute and fired home to put Monoz in the lead.
Monoz’ first meaningful cha-nce came in the 31st minute when Praise Tonha switched the ball to Ronald Chitiyo, who could not beat Gilbert Chigwandaza in goals for Tripple B point blank.