Hwange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
FC Platinum . . . . . . . . .(0) 1
A solitary goal by Donald Ngoma ended Hwange’s unbeaten home run and gave returning coach Rahman Gumbo his second consecutive win as they fell to FC Platinum in a tightly contested Castle Lager Premiership match at the Colliery Stadium on Sunday.
With the win FC Platinum joined leaders Motor Action at the top of the standings both win 26 points, but separated by goal difference.
The defending champions have scored 17 times and conceded five while Platinum have scored 20 and leaked in 11.
FC Platinum finished with 10 men after reigning footballer of the year Charles Sibanda was shown the red card for abusive language.
Ngoma punished Hwange in the 67th after latching on to a deft pass from the speedy Benjamin Marere who had attracted Timothy Sibanda’s attention to leave the youngster to tap the ball into a yawning Chipangano net.
FC Platinum were the stronger side and settled into the game quickly, but found their efforts stopped by an alert goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda. Charles Sibanda almost opened the floodgates in the 10th minute for the visitors after sending a low free-kick past the Hwange goal.
Hwange settled in later to give Platinum a run for their money with Winston Muhango being unfortunate to see his screamer glide a few inches off the target.
Hwange would rue the chances they missed with Francisco Zikumbawire failing to fill the boots of a suspended Tongai Mangwendere as he squandered several chances while goal-poacher Gilbert Zulu was unlucky to see his well-struck overhead kick go straight into the hands of goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube in the 24th minute.
Marere proved to be a constant threat to the home team as he ghosted into the Chipangano box in the 19th to send a glancing header past Sibanda who had moved off is line only for an inform Aaron Katebe to flick the ball off the line.