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Platinum, Shabaanie held, Hwange win


Masvingo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1)1
FC Platinum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1)1

Hwange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0)1
Zimbabwe Saints. . . .. . . . . . . . . . 0

Shabanie Mine. . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1)3
Blue Ribbon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(2)3

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League leaders FC Platinum dropped two points as they were held by a stubborn and wasteful Masvingo United in a match played at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday.

Platinum were on the score sheet in the 23rd minute when Thabani Kamusoko beat the hosts’ goalkeeper Francis Tizayi with a header from a corner.

But Masvingo hit back straight from the restart when Isaac Chapfura got to the end of Hardlife Mavundi grounder in the box to beat Tafadzwa Dube.

From there Masvingo took charge but Pevington Zimunya denied the hosts three points on four occasions when he missed the target and on the other occasion, Dube was simply unbeatable.

At the Colliery, troubled Zimbabwe Saints took only 11 players to their Premiership match against Hwange and fittingly fell 1-0.

A solitary goal from substitute David Boriwondo settled matters for the Tennant Chilumba-coached side.

Boriwondo latched onto a rebound from a Gilbert Zulu penalty to save the coalminers the blushes in the 87th after fighting an uphill battle against a very determined Chikwata.

The penalty came after much protest from the visitors as they brought the match to a standstill disputing the referee’s decision.

Saints goal minder Munyaradzi Diva was dragged between the posts by his technical team and saved Zulu’s low shot only to see the ball fly past him from Boriwondo.

Everything seemed to be heading downhill for Hwange as they lost Gerald Ndlovu and Munyaradzi Mungadzi to injury in the first half.

Former Hwange player Ntokozo Tshuma gave the home midfield a run for their money as he was constantly in control of the middle of the park.

Zimbabwe Saints spokesman Jabulani Chinyangarara was disappointed by the referees decision and felt his team was given a harsh punishment. Chinyangarara said: “The penalty handed the game to Hwange, we did not deserve such punishment.”

At Maglas, Shabanie Mine twice came from behind to collect a valuable away point in a Castle Lager Premiership match played at Maglas Stadium on Sunday.

The home side went up after a quarter of an hour through the big striker Tafadzwa Mombeshora with a header that sailed past Earnmore Hamandishe, the visitors’ goalkeeper after 14 minutes of play.

Blue Ribbon who have claimed the scalps of Caps United, Dynamos and Highlanders, equalised in the 36th minute through a Tapuwa Kumbuyani header.

The millers punished the hosts for their misses when man of the match Daniel Kamunhenga was spotted deep inside Shabanie’s half by Tinei Chitora.

He controlled the ball well from about 20m and sent a rising shot that whistled past Roy Mazingi. After the breather Kamunhenga returned to haunt the hosts when he sealed the scoreline for his side.

Shabanie fought back and were awarded a penalty by Masvingobased referee Makonese Masakadza after Tawanda Mareya was crudely hacked down in the box.

Julius Chizororo converted. The hosts then got their equaliser with a minute to full time through the boot of Michael Mageja.

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