FC Platinum, Black Rhinos in stalemate

Black Rhinos……0

FC Platinum……0


FOR a venue that in the last two weeks witnessed eight goals in the Manica Diamonds’ 6-2 demolition of CAPS United, it must have felt like some drought as Black Rhinos and stuttering champions FC Platinum fired blanks at Sakubva yesterday.

Although both teams exchanged raids, FC Platinum dominated in the early stages of the match and were only unlucky not to have grabbed an early goal.

Nigel Makumbe, who came onto the starting line up as a late replacement for Innocent Mucheneka who was injured during warm-up, could have propelled his team into the lead after Black Rhinos goalkeeper, Blessing Mwandimutsira, had to summon all his reflexes to punch the ball to safety in response to the effort. The hosts had a fine scoring opportunity 22 minutes into the match but Ngandu Mangala failed to jump slightly high enough to connect with a cross while facing a yawning net.

Although goals remained elusive for both teams in the first half, Makumbe and Panashe Mutimbanyoka gave the hosts numerous anxious moments with some neat exchanges in the third half but the visitors’ greatest undoing was their sheer lack of precision in front of goal. Rhinos also had their moments.

Chauya Chipembere went on a fiery counter attack when Eli Ilunga got the crowd in the terraces on the edge of their seats when he flighted a beautiful cross but somehow Gracious Mleya could not graciously do justice as he headed the ball just over. Both teams coaches were impressed with how their players applied themselves during the match but bemoaned the lack of precision which appears to have grown into a major problem in the Premiership.

“We played very well as a team and my players applied themselves well throughout the match but somehow we could not score.

“I can actually point out a number of scoring chances which could have buried our opponents on a good day.

“We were just unlucky otherwise we could have won this encounter,’’ said Rhinos gaffer Herbert Maruwa.

Maruwa is also not happy with their record at their adopted home ground – Sakubva.

The army side have drawn twice against CAPS United and FC Platinum in their last two home assignments.

They also lost to Triangle in the other match they played at the Eastern border city venue.

“I think we should do more to make sure we win our home games. We really need to do more to ensure that we make full use of home advantage.

“Even though we are travelling to Mutare, the fact remains that we are at home here and therefore we need to ensure that we turn the corner and start collecting maximum points while playing at home,” said Maruwa.

FC Platinum’s Norman Mapeza was happy with his team’s performance but also lamented their lack of a cutting edge.

“We played well and we could have won this match with a little bit of precision in front of goal.

“We created numerous scoring opportunities but we dismally failed to convert. We just have to go back and explore ways of making sure we score goals.

“This is something that has persisted in a number of matches we have played so far therefore we are treating it with the respect it deserves.

“We just need to start making sure we convert the scoring chances that we create,” Mapeza said.



Black Rhinos:

Blessing Mwandimutsira, Blessed Mbavarira; Farai Banda; Gareth Madhake; Peace Makaha; Ashward Phiri; Gracious Mleya; Philip Gweva; Eli Ilunga; Stanely Murove; Prince Mlanzi:


FC Platinum:

Petros Mhari; Lawrence Mhlanga,; Evidence Tendayi; Gift Bello; Kelvin Mangiza; Rainsome Pavari; Nigel Mukumbe; Brian Banda; Panashe Mutimbanyoka; Donald Teguru; Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya

Source: Sunday Mail