By Sports Reporter
FC PLATINUM coach Norman Mapeza, was left fuming after his charges wasted several scoring opportunities, on their way to a frustrating goalless draw against a plucky Herentals side at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.
The result meant the Zvishavane platinum miners, dropped points at home for the first time this season although they remain top of the long standings on 14 points, two ahead of Hwange and ZPC Kariba who play Highlanders and Dynamos respectively on Sunday.
Herentals, who moved one place to 11th position after the draw put up a solid defensive performance which left the hosts’ coach Mapeza frustrated over his team’s wastefulness in front of goal especially in the first half.
“We could have buried the game in the first half but we could not convert the chances we got. We completely dominated this encounter and I really thought we could have collected maximum points.
“However, we cannot mourn because it’s part of football, at least we got a point so we now go back to the drawing board and hope to improve on our next assignment,” Mapeza told reporters after the match.
FC Platinum were the dominant side for the better part of the game, as they enjoyed more possession and territorial advantage while creating a number of chances which they failed to convert.
Never Tigere created the game’s biggest chance of the match when he hit the cross bar with a rising shot in the 13th minute, with Herentals goalkeeper Simbarashe Gondo beaten.
Former Dynamos and CAPS United midfielder Devon Chafa had a long range effort saved by Gondo, while second half substitute Godknows Murwira was guilty of missing a sitter after being picked unmarked in the box by Ali Sadiki.
Chafa had another shot from close range palmed by the Herentals goalie, with Gift Mbweti missing the target from the rebound.
The scoreline remained unchanged at the end, as the FC Platinum dropped points for the second time this season although they remain unbeaten.
Meanwhile at the National Sports Stadium, Black Rhinos edged out Triangle United 2-1 to register their second win on the trot after a slow start to the season.
Vincent Mhandu opened the scoring for Black Rhinos on the stroke of halftime, capitalising on a miscued clearance by Donald Dzinyai as the army side went to the break with a slender 1-0 lead.
The goal was however cancelled out by Triangle captain Ralph Kawondera halfway through the second half. Rhinos skipper Wellington Taderera scored the winner after latching on to Wonder Kapinda through ball moments later.
At Baobab Stadium, Ngezi Platinum collected maximum points against TelOne, thanks to an 11th-minute strike by Simba Nhivi.
Bottom side Bulawayo Chiefs continue to sing the blues after losing 2-3 to Yadah FC at Luveve Stadium for their fifth straight loss in as many matches.
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Results and Fixtures
Saturday: Bulawayo Chiefs 2-3 Yadah FC, Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-0 TelOne, Black Rhinos 2-1 Triangle United, FC Platinum 0-0 Herentals
Sunday: Dynamos v ZPC Kariba (Rufaro), Manica Diamonds v Chicken Inn (Gibbo), Chapungu v Mushowani Stars (Mandava), Highlanders v Hwange (Barbourfields), CAPS United v Harare City (National Sports Stadium)