FC Platinum . . . 0
Chapungu . . . 0
BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE IN ZVISHAVANE
THE Midlands derby between FC Platinum and Chapungu failed to produce a winner following yesterday’s goalless draw in a drab match played at Mandava.
Yesterday’s outcome reproduced last month’s league outcome with the provincial rivals settling for a goalless draw at Ascot.
FC Platinum came into the match hoping to collect maximum points to remain in sight of title chasing pack.
The result can however not be defined as a catastrophe keeping in mind the huge number of injuries that have ravaged the platinum miners.
After the match there was an upsetting spectacle for the hosts when goalkeeper Petros Mhari limped off to the dressing room with pain clearly spelt all over his face.
FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was convinced with the result from his depleted charges.
“They gave a good account of themselves. Unfortunately they failed to get a goal, a draw is not a bad result and that’s part of the game,” said Mutasa.
The airmen coach John Nyikadzino felt that a draw was a fair result.
“It is tricky when you are playing against your neighbours, and a draw away from home is not a bad result,” said Nyikadzino.
Wisdom Mutasa won a free kick midway through the opening stanza but his effort was inches wide.
After the breather the visitors dominated proceedings and with 15 minutes into the game, Philip Marufu could have put them ahead but he was slow, allowing James Marufu to recover.
Four minutes later Benjamini Marere got a chance but failed to ward off a challenge from Collen Kwaramba.
Chapungu’s new signing Terrence Rukweza failed to convert a last minute chance when his diving header was inches wide.