BULAWAYO CITY… (0) 1
FC PLATINUM… (1) 1
BULAWAYO City maintained their good start to the season after sharing the spoils with FC Platinum in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Striker Mkhululi Moyo collected a long clearance by Zibusiso Sibanda in the 70th minute and shrugged off challenge from FC Platinum defenders Gift Bello and William Stima before chipping the ball over an advancing Petros Mhari to cancel the visitors’ first half goal as the two sides settled for a draw.
FC Platinum, who had more scoring opportunities than their hosts, had scored as early as the second minute from a free-kick just outside the box through Charles Sibanda, who caught goalkeeper Liberty Chirava off-guard with a curling low shot to the far post from just outside the box.
Bulawayo City have gone three successive games without defeat after beating Chicken Inn and Shabanie and coach Mandla Mpofu was happy with the point against FC Platinum.
“It’s a precious point for us. I am building a team that can win games going forward and maybe produce results. We could have got three points though, especially in the second half where I felt FC Platinum were a little bit down and tired and we bombarded them at will, but unfortunately we failed to convert the chances that came our way,” Mpofu said.
FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza was also happy with getting a point away from home, but disappointed by the squandered chances by his boys.
“We had good opportunities to wrap up the match but just one mistake, we gave away possession in the centre and they got their goal. I can’t complain much. The point is good for us. We put our mind on the next game against Triangle on Wednesday. But if you don’t make that good decision in the final third, that is what happens,” Mapeza said.
Meanwhile, in another match, How Mine got their first win in four outings yesterday when they beat visiting Chapungu at Luveve Stadium.
The gold miners came back from behind to collect maximum points, with the airmen opening the account three minutes before the breather through Philip Marufu. Kudakwashe Musharu levelled the score line in the 70th minute before Pasca Manhanga ensured maximum points five minutes later.
Bulawayo City: L Chirava, M Kadzola, Z Sibanda, N Mukumbi, M Mungadze, K Madzongwe, R Pavari, B Ncube, H Masuku (I Kutsanzira 80’), M Moyo (C Rupiya 87’), M Dube (Z Ngodzo 90+3’)
FC Platinum: P Mhari, R Muduviwa, E Moyo, W Stima, G Bello (I Nekati 82’), W Mhango, S Shoko, R Chinyengetere, M Mudehwe (N Masuku 89’), C Sibanda (A Murimba 80’), G Mbweti