FC Platinum edge How Mine

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 | 523 views
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza

Munyaradzi Doma in Zvishavane
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FC Platinum continued with their fine run in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League when they edged How Mine at Mandava Stadium yesterday in a match both coaches described as difficult.

The win took FC Platinum to 51 points, the same as log leaders Chicken Inn who remain on top of the log due to a superior goal difference.

While the teams had remained deadlocked for the greater part of the match, it took defender Kevin Moyo to score just before half-time after Munyaradzi Diya fumbled an Ali Sadiki corner kick which Moyo placed into the back of the net.

Norman Mapeza said the game was really tough but gave credit to his players that they managed to get the three points.

“Very difficult game, I’m just short of words but at the end of the day the most important thing is that we managed to get three points. From the word go it was a very difficult game, we had some chances but credit should go to How Mine, I think they really came here with a game plan, they really pushed.

“One nil sometimes is okay but the pressure is still on us, if you get another goal it becomes much easier but you know at the end of the day that’s what God said that we are going to win 1 nil, we just have to be grateful,” said Mapeza.

How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu said it was unfortunate that his team lost after they “gave away a soft goal”.

Kaindu said while his player Praise Tonha was given a yellow card for what the official ruled to be simulation, he believed that it was a genuine foul.

“The play wasn’t bad even though we were now a man down but unfortunately we couldn’t get an equaliser.

“We thought when the player was given a yellow card we could have been given a penalty.

“When Praise was kicked from behind I think it was unfortunate to get a yellow and then the second one he got a second yellow card, he got the ball, I think it was unfortunate again, it’s quite difficult but officiating is part of the game,” said Kaindu.

He added the he would not wade much into the game’s officiating saying as a coach if you do that, it may not be accepted well by the administrators.

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