Reigning Soccer Star of the Year Rodwell Chinyengetere rose to the occasion when he grabbed the all-important goal that brought defending champions FC Platinum closer to the title against Nichrut at Ascot Stadium in Gweru yesterday.
BY TERRY MADYAUTA in Gweru
FC Platinum opened a healthy seven-point gap ahead of rivals Ngezi Platinum as the season reaches its climax, with just 12 points to fight for.
Chinyengetere scored the solitary goal two minutes into the second half giving Mapeza’s charges maximum points.
The former Hwange midfielder has swiftly turned himself into a veritable goal-snatcher, scoring in FC Platinum’s last seven matches.
And yesterday he further proved his prowess as he quickly reacted to a mistake made by Nichrut goalkeeper Tafadzwa Jabangwe in the box, to easily tap the ball home.
With that goal, Chinyengetere’s tally rose to 17, surpassing Dominic Chungwa’s last season record of 16 goals with four games left to play.
FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza praised his charges for a job well-done.
“I knew the challenge we were going to face here and I am happy that we managed to overcome it,” he said.
“We planned to bring a positive result from Gweru and that is what we did. We played well and like I always say, it is a marathon that we hope to finish on a high.”
His counterpart William Mhazo conceded defeat, but maintained that the Shurugwi side would not be demoted.
“We fought well and had it not been for that goalkeeping mistake, we could have salvaged a point today, but we will have to try again next time. The remaining games would not be easy, but I am confident that we would survive relegation,” said Mhazo.