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Caps United dent FC Platinum's title hopes

01/10/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
FC Platinum coach ... Norman Mapeza
 
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ZIMBABWE football champions Caps United dented FC Platinum’s title hopes when they forced a 1-all draw away to the platinum miners in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

FC Platinum, who are still hunting for their first league title in their six years in the top flight, were just a few moments away from bagging all the three points.

But it took a strike by the visitors’ defender Goodwin Goriati to level the scores.

Goriati took advantage of a defensive slip up by the Norman Mapeza coached outfit to earn his side a point in the last minute of the game.

The miners led through defender Kelvin Moyo who got to the end of an Abbas Amidu slick pass in the 39th minute to blast the ball past Edmore Sibanda in goals for the defending champions.

In a post-match interview, Mapeza queried the decision by referee Brighton Chimene which led to the equaliser.

“That mistake cost us three points, it’s three points gone,” Mapeza lamented.

Mapeza made wholesome changes to his team that fired blanks against Yadah Football Club in their last league match.

He brought in Abbas Amidu, Nqobizitha Masuku and Hillary Bakacheza and the trio repaid the coach with brilliant performances.

On the changes Mapeza said: “We have to rotate our players; the games are coming thick and fast. I decided to give other guys the opportunity to play football.”

Caps United assistant coach Mark Mathe said his team showed character right up to end the match with a point.

“FC Platinum were dominant for most the match and they scored their goal against the run of play but we made some tactical changes and swung the pendulum in our favour,” said Mathe.

Mathe said their current objective is to collect as many points as possible in the remaining seven league games.

The point took FC Platinum level with log leaders Dynamos who play against Harare City at Rufaro Stadium this Sunday.

The situation favours Dynamos who can open a three-point lead if they manage a win against a stubborn Harare City.

Ngezi Platinum, another title-chasing outfit, also dropped points at home when they were held to a goalless draw by relegation threatened Tsholotsho Football Club.

In other Saturday match, How Mine condemned Black Rhinos to yet another defeat when they beat the army side by 2 goals to one.



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