FC PLATINUM took a giant stride towards the championship Wednesday when they edged a stubborn Tsholotsho Football Club by one goal to nil at Luveve stadium.
The Zvishavane side opened a two-point lead at the summit of the league table after their arch rivals for the title, Ngezi Platinum were held to a two all draw by Chicken Inn.
Dynamos, on the other hand, maintained pressure on the leaders with a crucial win against Bulawayo City at Babourfields Stadium.
A trademark Ocean Mushure free-kick and another strike from Quality Kangadze ensured Dembare remain in with a shout at the league title.
Meanwhile at Luveve, the Norman Mapeza coached side started off rather jittery with the upfront of Ali Sadiki, Charles Sibanda and Mkhokheli Dube failing to combine well up front.
They came up against a compact Tsholotsho defence marshalled by Bruno Madanhire and Xolani Ndlovu.
Although Tsholotsho have already been relegated they displayed good football with some of their forays upfront giving the Pure Platinum Play backline anxious moments.
The breakthrough for FC Platinum came in the 54th minute when they won a corner kick and Ali Sadiki gave Charles Sibanda a pass and the seasoned midfielder sent in a great cross into the box and Rodwell Chinyengetere headed in the ball into an empty net.
The goal bolstered FC Platinum who continued with a wave of attacks but their strike force of Brian Muzondiwa, who came in as a substitute, and Mkhokheli Dube failing to kill the game.
After the game, Mapeza said it was a massive three points for his team heading for a showdown against Ngezi Platinum at Mandava stadium on Saturday.
“It was a massive three points for us, when you grind a result after such a difficult game it shows that we are moving in the right direction,” said the ecstatic coach.
Mapeza said they have to ensure they win in their home against Ngezi Platinum.
“Another massive game for us, now with a two-point cushion we have to win against Ngezi Platinum and it will be done and dusted.”
Tsholotsho Football Club coach Darlington Dodo said a lapse in concentration cost them the game.
“We had so many chances that we could have buried but in terms of play I think we matched them. We did not want to give them an open game and in the second half we made a mistake and they capitalised on that,” said Dodo.Advertisement
In the relegation battle, Shabanie Mine climbed out of the relegation zone with a massive win against Hwange Football Club.
Chibuku Super Cup winners Harare City were beaten by Black Rhinos by one goal to nil, leaving them in the relegation battle.
Tsholotsho FC 0-1 FC Platinum, Ngezi Platinum 2-2 Chicken Inn, Bulawayo City 0-2 Dynamos, CAPS United 1-0 Yadah, Harare City 0-1 Black Rhinos, Shabanie Mine 1-0 Hwange, ZPC Kariba 1-1 Triangle United, Chapungu 2-0 Bantu Rovers