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Mapeza happy as Dynamos lose 1st match to FC Platinum

02/04/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter

FC Platinum fired warning shots about their title ambitions with a 1-0 win over Dynamos in the opening Castle Larger Premiership at the National Stadium Stadium on Sunday.

Dynamos fielded several new signings after they were decimated by the departure of several key players with Lincoln Zvasiya, Gift Saunyama, Quality Kangadzi and Emmanuel Mandiranga all starting the match.

The home team were dominant in the first half and created plenty of opportunities. They were, however, let down by poor finishing. Denver Mukamba missed a good opportunity on 33 minutes, his shot slipping through the hands of goalkeeper Petros Mhari before hitting the post.

Kangadzi had earlier missed another opportunity on 22 minutes following a good delivery by Mandiranga.

FC Platinum duly punished the Harare giants when they were awarded a penalty in two minutes of added time in the first half after skipper Ocean Mushure was adjudged by referee Ruzive Ruzive to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.

Soccer Star of the Year finalist Winston Mhango stepped up to take responsibility and converted the penalty that appeared to deflate the Glamour Boys.

In the second half, Dynamos tried to come back with Mandiranga shooting straight into the hands of the keeper in a one on one situation after breaking through the defence. But FC Platinum threatened with some dangerous raids. New signing, Gift Mbweti, also one of the 2016 Soccer Star of the Year finalists, kept the Dynamos defence on its toes as he kept asking questions.

And the visitors could have added the second on 77 minutes after Charles Sibanda latched on to a bad clearance by Zvasiya to fire the ball into the net.

However, the lines man waved for offside in a hugely controversial decision.

FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza was pleased with the victory after the match.


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