Hwange 0-1 FC Platinum
A BRILLIANT 60th minute volley by dreadlocked midfielder Thabani Kamusoko was all FC Platinum needed to gain some measure of revenge against Hwange in a premeirship match played at the Colliery on Wednesday.
With the second half increasingly threatening to be as dour as the first Joel Ngodzo laid on a perfect ball for the on-rushing Kamusoko who obliged by unleashing a thunderbolt which flew past a diving Takabva Mawaya into the top left corner leaving the drum-beating home fans shell-shocked.
Before the strike the home side were never really in the game as they failed to exhibit the same fluency and determination that saw tem wallop Monomotapa 3-0 in the capital before the long break to make way for national team commitments and the BancABC Sup8r tournament.
Hwange head coach Nation Dube attributed his team’s below-par performance to the rather long holiday.
“This period disturbed my team’s performance as it was clear they had rust from the first whistle,” he said.
“What made the situation worse is that the Division One league is running hence we could not have any friendly matches during this period of inactivity, something which is not the case with FC Platinum who were involved in a cup tournament.
“We will however work hard to pick ourselves up in the next assignments.
While his opposite number was left understandably fuming, FC Platinum gaffer Lloyd Mutasa was full of praise for his charges.
“I am very happy with a victory which is made sweeter by the fact that we have exacted revenge on Hwange who beat us at home in May by the same margin,” said Mutasa.
“We utilised the chance we created and it will go a long way to boost the confidence of the young lads especially with such away wins.”
The coal-miners started the game with their tails up, threatening to over-run the visitors early into the game.
Within just two minutes of play, veteran striker Gilbert Zulu cleverly flicked the ball on to the path of the young Oscar Lungu who however, disappointed with a hurried effort which flew over the bar.
After five minutes, defender Munyaradzi Mungadze got another chance to draw first blood but his curling free kick barely missed the left upright with the fans already on their feet to celebrate.Advertisement
Sensing danger, the visitors lifted their game and started knitting together some impressive passes revolving around overlapping left back Raymond Sibanda, Raphael Muduviwa and Nelson Mazivisa but the last pass proved to be their let-down.
But as the opening half wore on, both teams went to sleep and left the fans yawing with some uninspiring football.
However, Nation Dube must have read his side the riot act during the half time break as they returned from the breather playing with a lot of purpose only to find twin centre backs Aaron Katebe and Daniel Vheremu in no mood for favours.
With pressing forward for an opener the objective, Kamusoko struck on the hour mark to leave the home fans speechless and deflated.
But efforts by the visitors to put the game out of sight were thwarted by some resolute defending by evergreen defender David Boriwondo.
And on the stroke of full time, the usually reliable Mazivisa missed a golden chance to double his side’s advantage when he missed the target from close range after he had come at the end of a lovely combination between the lanky Donald Ngoma and substitute Obrey Chirwa.
PSL Fixtures & Results
Wednesday: Motor Action 0-2 Triangle, Black Rhinos 2-0 Shabanie Mine, Buffaloes 1-0 Chicken Inn, Highlanders 2-0 Monomotapa, Harare City 1-3 Dynamos, Hwange 0-1 FC Platinum
Thursday: How Mine v Black Mambas (Luveve), CAPS United v Tripple B (National Sports Stadium)