FC Platinum . . . (0) (2)
Chicken Inn . . . (0) (0)
FC PLATINUM sneaked into fourth place on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log table after brushing aside Chicken Inn with a win at Mandava yesterday.
BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE IN ZVISHAVANE
Second-half strikes from stalwarts Thabani Kamusoko and Donald Ngoma ensured maximum points for Pure Platinum Play.
Both teams came into the match knowing that a win for either team will propel them to fourth, a placing which has a price of participating in this year’s Mbada Diamonds Cup.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza and Chicken Inn gaffer Joey Antipas once worked together as Warriors coaches, with Mapeza leading that promising technical department which was halted by Zifa at the height of the association’s mismanagement.
The opening half was devoid of many threatening chances with both coaches sizing each other.
The platinum miners had two close chances from set pieces sent in by Kamusoko and Elvis Moyo, but they were both agonisingly wide.
Chicken Inn had Bhekimpilo Ncube’s effort disallowed by referee Thembinkosi Sibanda.
A minute into the second half, Mapeza’s pep talk showed that Antipas is his number two when Kamusoko sent the host into the lead with a perfectly calculated free-kick.
Six minutes later, Ngoma doubled the lead when he headed in Obrey Chirwa’s cross.
After the match Mapeza was happy that his objectives for the current campaign are still in good health and hailed his charges for a job well done.
“We are moving in the right direction but the job is not done yet. The boys did very well and I am happy about that,” Mapeza said.
Antipas conceded that a fourth place finish is now beyond their control.
“At the moment it is now tight but we will push until the end and in football anything can happen,” said Antipas.