FC Platinum ……. (0) 2
Chapungu ……. (0) 0
Defending champion FC Platinum took advantage of a slip-up by close rivals Ngezi Platinum and stretched their lead at the top of the Castle Lager Premier League log table to four points after a comfortable victory over Chapungu in the Mandava stadium yesterday.
Two second half goals of Gift Mbweti and Winston Mhango were enough to ensure the Zvishavane-based victory platinum miners remained firmly in control of their title defense with 12 more games to go.
In Bulawayo, Ngezi dropped two valuable points after being held to a one-all draw from the third placed Chicken Inn in Luveve.
FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza was delighted that the goal of the club was to defend the league title at this stage.
"We are in line with the goals of our season and I am happy with the way we play although I know there are some areas of improvement that need improvement," Mapeza said.
"Like I said, we need to keep the momentum and avoid losing concentration at a crucial stage, but so far I'm happy with guys, it's still a race, so we have to fight until the season end, because it is not over yet, our rivals are still well on their way. "
The victory ensured that FC Platinum closed a double off Chapungu and the opposing team won with a similar score and maintaining dominance over their Midlands rivals.
After the two teams played a scoreless first half, it was Gift Mbweti who broke the impasse in the 61st minute.
Almost a quarter of an hour later, the champions scored double the lead with midfielder Winston Mhango after he was fed by Soccer Star of the Year Rodwell Chinyengetere.
FC Platinum could see the game.
Chapungu-trainer Rodwell Dhlakama was disappointed after losing his side. "
" We played well today, maybe today was not our day. We lost on an organized side, but we do not lose hope. There is still time for us to restore and maintain our position in the competition. We are not a degradation material and we will win our next game. This has already been done, so we have to go further, "said Dhlakama.