The Sunday News
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ZPC Kariba 0-3 Ngezi Platinum
NGEZI Platinum Stars opened up a four-point gap at the summit of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League with a three nil win against ZPC Kariba to end Luke Masomere’s six game unbeaten run at Nyamhunga Stadium.
A first-half brace by Takunda Benhura and a second half goal by Delic Murimba was enough for Ngezi Platinum Stars to collect maximum points despite putting up a not so convincing show.
Despite opening a four-point gap at the top, Ngezi Platinum Stars coach, Takesure Chiragwi remains adamant of his charges ending Mhondoro based side league title drought.
“I think to use the word deny is a bit unfair for us but I have been honest and I will remain honest.
“We are playing in a competition and what is important is not the title you are asking about, we have never said that we are playing to win the championship this season.
“Instead we have said that we are playing to be a better side than we were last season.
“We have 10 matches remaining that is 30 points at stake and it is a long way for us so we continue to take each game as it comes,” said Chiragwi.
His opposite, Masomere was full of praise for the platinum miners describing them as a complete team.
“Despite us having a depleted side, Ngezi Platinum Stars are a complete side with so much depth and credit goes to them for collecting all the three points.
“They deserve to be where they are” said Masomere.
It was Masomere’s first home defeat since his sensational return to the Premier Soccer League at the end of June.
Despite the loss the self-proclaimed doctor of football is confident that his charges will not be relegated at the end of the season.
“It is painful to lose a match at home especially when you are fighting relegation but losing to a better team like Ngezi is not worrying much.
“But definitely what I can tell you is that we are not going to be relegated,” said Masomere.
The three nil win was not a true reflection of the game as both sides put up a lacklustre performance.