Castle Lager Premier Soccer League week 10 was full of mixed results with Highlanders losing to log leaders Chicken Inn 2-1 in a Bulawayo derby encounter at Barbourfields and FC Platinum thumped Triangle in a five-goal thriller played at Mandava Stadium.
Triangle travelled to Zvishavane oozing with confidence after they walloped debutants Whawha by six goals to nil but it was different story at Mandava Stadium for Kelvin Kaindu’s charges as they blew up a first half lead to lose 3-2 to platinum miners. The sloppiness and lack of composure within the Triangle defence was their major downfall of the day for the visitors.
Goals from Obey Chirwa, an own goal from Jimmy Tigere and Donald Ngoma cancelled first half goals by Hillary Bakacheza and Lameck Nhamo who had gave the visitors an edge over the host.
After a poor start to the season the win meant that FC Platinum now have a two game winning streak at home and this come at the backdrop that last week they lost 1-0 to Dynamos.
The host settled into the match early and they got an early goal in the third minute when Churwa headed a corner delivered Raphael. Triangle responded a few minutes later before scoring the second goal just before half-time.
In the host in the second half FC Platinum comes out guns blazing to score two goals and secure a victory at home.
FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza was on cloud nine and was pleased with the composure shown by his charges to overturn the first half deficit.
“I was pleased with the way we played in the second half and with the level of the game you do not come from behind and win the game after a sloppy first half,” enthused Mapeza.
Triangle coach Kelvin Kaindu was optimistic about the results at Mandava Stadium and he revealed that his team was missing the services of key players.
“Both teams played well and it was a good game as my team put up a good fight despite fact that we are were missing six key players,” said Kaindu.
On Friday both newly promoted teams Tsholotsho and Dongo Sawmills shared the spoils as they drew one all at Luveve Stadium. Both teams are struggling at the bottom of the log-standings.
On Saturday the log leaders Chicken Inn pilled more misery on trouble Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu when they beat them 2-1 at Barbourfieds Stadium. The defeat meant that it is Bosso’s third lose at home this season and reports from Bulawayo claim that the gaffer might be on his way out.
Joey Antipas’ charges Chicken Inn have opened up a gap as log leader after Triangle drop points at Mandava Stadium. Chicken Inn comes out the victors of the much expected Bulawayo derby as they beat the host Bosso in their own backyard.
Flame Lily since moving to Lafarge Stadium they seem to have found their winning formula when they dismissed the army based side Buffaloes 2-0. Flame Lily has played three games at Lafarge Stadium and they manage to win two games against Triangle and Buffaloes and they lost to Highlanders.
ZPC Kariba dismissed Whawha 2-1 at Ascot Stadium to hand them their second consecutive defeat, whilst the match between Harare City and Hwahwa ended in one all stalemate.
On Sunday Dynamos travelled to Bulawayo to face How Mine and they managed to win 1-0, whilst Chapungu win against CAPS United and FC Platinum win against Triangle.
CAPS United’s loss comes at the backdrop of serious-in-house tiff that have threatened to destroy the club and that have left the fans complaining about the poor campaign this season. CAPS United coach Mark Harrison was unhappy with the poor performance by his charges.
“We were sluggish, we were slow and in the second half we played better, we tried to get the game more to them,” said Harrison.
- Tsholotsho 1 – 1 Dongo Sawmills
- Flame Lily 2 – 0 Buffaloes
- Harare City 1 – 1 Hwange
- Whawha 1 – 2 ZPC Kariba
- Chicken Inn 2 – 1 Highlanders
- CAPS United 0 – 2 Chapungu
- FC P latinum 3 – 2 Triangle
- How Mine 0 – 1 Dynamos