FC Platinum lose 2-1 to ZPC Kariba; impressive home record shattered

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By Midlands Correspondent

ZPC Kariba once again proved to be FC Platinum’s arch nemesis when they defeated the defending champions in their own backyard to break the latter’s long standing unbeaten home record.

The power generators were the last team to hand FC Platinum a defeat in a league match in May 2016 and on Saturday they proved that their win was not a fluke when they won the encounter by two goals to one.

The loss was only FC Platinum’s second so far in the season.

Tawanda Munyanduri opened the scores for the visitors, heading in Moses Demera’s pin-point cross from a corner kick.

ZPC Kariba added to FC Platinum’s woes soon after the resumption of the second half when Tawanda Nyamandwe beat an off-side trap before slotting home.

Sensing danger, the platinum miners changed their approach and were duly rewarded in the 75th minute when in-form attacking midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere scored from a set piece.

However, ZPC held on to claim another win at Mandava Stadium, which is turning out to be a good hunting ground for them.

“We really wanted this win after we were docked three points and winning against champions and a team that is aspiring to be champions again it’s a big boost moving forward,” said an ecstatic Godfrey Tamirepi.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza conceded that his team were not good on the day.

“We were not expecting such a result but in a game of football there will be a time when we were going to lose games and it happened today,” said Mapeza.

And it was not a good weekend for platinum teams as Ngezi Platinum Stars were handed their fourth defeat on the trot when they were humbled by Herentals Football Club.

The newly-promoted side scored the solitary goal of the match through the boot of Tinotenda Benza in the 28th minute.

Ngezi Platinum remain six points behind FC Platinum who lead the pack with 44 points.

In the other match played on Saturday, Harare City and Caps United played out a goalless draw with the highlight of the match being the return to action of Caps United skipper Hardlife Zvirekwi who was involved in a horrific accident in March.

He lost his left arm in the accident and there were doubts whether he would continue playing.