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Highlanders held as Dynamos win


Point away from home welcome ... FC Platinum coach, Lloyd Mutasa

08/06/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Scored Highlanders' equaliser ... Charles Sibanda
 
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Highlanders 1-1 FC Platinum
Dynamos 1-0 Triangle

HIGHLANDERS drew their fifth match of the season against FC Platinum on Sunday but still maintained top spot in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

The Bulawayo giants now have 20 points while defending champions Dynamos, who beat Triangle 1-0, are now third with 19 points.

Hwange are second with 19 points, but have a better goal difference than Dynamos after their 1-1 draw against Chiredzi on Saturday.

Allen Gahadzikwa teed up Donald Ngoma for the opener in the 26th minute at Barbourfields for the former Warriors striker to beat an outdrawn Arial Sibanda in goal for Highlanders.

Gahadzikwa though seemed to have received the ball in an offside position when he set up Ngoma and Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu pointed out that at the end of the match.

“From where I was, it seemed an offside, but well the referee had the better view,” the Zambian coach said.
 

FC Platinum goal off side? ... Kelvin Kaindu was not happy with FC Platinum goal

Platinum maintained the pressure with the pacey Marshall Mudehwe troubling Simon Munawa on the left side, but Ngoma’s conversion rate let him down.

Mudehwe forced Sibanda into two brilliant saves with long range shots while at the other end, Milton Ncube and Kuda Mahachi also tried to get the equaliser.

The Zvishavane side then paid for lax defending inside the box when goalkeeper Petros Mhari came out to clear a Munawa free kick, but missed horribly allowing Sibanda, with a diving header, to score the equaliser in the 41st minute.

And for Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa, a point away from home seemed to be enough as he benched striker Stephen Sibanda for Zambian international defender Aaron Katebe early in the second half to fortify his back four with a double anchor.

Mutasa said at the end of the match: “We had a good start to the match, but we lacked the final pass in the second half otherwise we had good chances to win the game.”

At the National Sports Stadium, Dynamos missed a glut of chances but still got their third win on the trot when they beat Triangle 1-0 with Tichaona Mabvura scoring the winner in the 28th minute.



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Ronald Chitiyo worked his way past two defenders to lay the ball for Mabvura for an easy tap in. Simba Sithole and Patrick Khumbula were guilty of missing several chances for the defending champions.

At Maglas, Shabanie Mine kept their home record intact, but dropped two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chicken Inn.

Veteran striker Mkhokheli Dube put the Bulawayo side ahead in the 22nd minute but Shabanie rescued the day through Daniel Chakupe in the 78th minute.

Results

Sunday: Highlanders 1-1 FC Platinum, Dynamos 1-0 Triangle, Shabanie Mine 1-1Chicken Inn

Saturday: Chapungu 3-0 Caps United, Black Rhinos 1-0 Buffaloes, How Mine 0-0 Harare City, Chiredzi 1-1 Hwange

Friday: Bantu Rovers 0-0 ZPC Kariba





 
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