The Sunday News
Fungai Muderere in Zvishavane
DEFENDING Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions were yesterday crowned champions of the Castle Challenge Cup in an exciting grand finale played at Mandava Stadium.
It was Pure Platinum’s fourth top drawer performance on the trot in the Challenge Cup, a competition that they have dominated for four consecutive years.
Panashe Mutimbanyoka scored the first goal for the hosts before their enterprising signing Jarrison Selemani killed the match as a contest with a breathtaking half volley from a Mutimbanyoka inviting cross after a magnificent build-up by Pure Platinum Play.
Despite his team’s win, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza had praise for Bulawayo Chiefs who lost the bulk of their players from last season.
“Bulawayo Chiefs are a good side, give them five to 10 games they will be something else,” said Mapeza.
His opposite number Lizwe Sweswe, said he was glad that his combinations were coming up.
“Yes, we lost but we are happy that we are ready to compete. Its early days yet but I’m happy with the performance from the boys. We lost a final match, a preseason opener. All hope is not lost in us as we are set to find in this guiding campaign,” said Sweswe, a former Southern Region Division One side coach at Talen Vision.
Mandava Stadium was filled to the rafters painted red, green and grey in support of FC Platinum, Bulawayo Chiefs and the Castle Lager brand. Yesterday’s match marked the start of the 2023 domestic football season with the league action to get underway on Saturday.
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