Platinum teams bow out of Chibuku as Dynamos progress

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FC Platinum failed to progress past the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup for the second year in a row after they were knocked out on penalties Saturday.

It was not a good outing for the platinum teams as Ngezi Platinum were also booted out on penalties by Nichrut Football Club.

However, premiership giants Dynamos found something to smile about after edging Bulawayo Chiefs by 1-0 to progress to the quarter finals of the country’s premier knockout competition.

Tawanda Macheke was the hero of the afternoon for the fading giants scoring the winner for the Glamour Boys on the hour mark.

But it is FC Platinum who were hoping history would not repeat itself as they lost to the same team at the same stadium in the same stage of the competition last year.

The Air Force side took the lead in the 13th minute when Osborne Mukuradare outmuscled Kevin Moyo in the box and placed the ball perfectly in the far side with FC Platinum goalkeeper Francis Tizayi well beaten.

Ten minutes later, the home side restored parity with Kevin Moyo making amends for his earlier mistake by scoring from a corner kick flighted in by Never Tigere.

There was a lengthy stoppage midway in the first half after the Chapungu coach Rodwell Dhlakama remonstrated with match officials alleging that their match balls were being purposely deflated by the home side supporters.

He was eventually sent to the stands for his action.

The teams went to half time tied at one all and when the second half resumed, FC Platinum had the momentum and were duly rewarded in the 54th minute with Mkhokheli Dube doubling the score for his team.
Chapungu refused to be bullied and six minutes later they found the equaliser with a powerful shot from an impressive Edmore Muzanenhamo.

With the game slowly grinding to an end both teams went on the hunt for a winning goal but it proved elusive forcing the game to go to penalties.

Chapungu managed to convert their spot kicks with FC Platinum midfielder Farai Madhananga the only player missing on the day, to seal another memorable win for the Gweru side.

The encounter between Ngezi Platinum and Herentals ended in a one all stalemate after regulation time. Herentals won the match 4 -3 on penalties.

In the other match, Nichrut also advanced to the next round of the competition with a 2–1 win over Black Rhinos.

Dynamos, Nichrut, Herentals and Chapungu join cup holders Harare City who beat Bulawayo City on Friday.