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FC Platinum failed to stretch their lead at the top of the table after they were held to a goalless draw by a stubborn Zimbabwe Saints in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at White City Stadium yesterday.
The log leaders started the match on second position with 39 points after Motor Action had temporarily assumed the top spot following their 1-0 win over Highlanders on Saturday that took their points tally to 40.
Yesterday’s match against relegation- threatened Zimbabwe Saints was a golden opportunity for the Rahman Gumbo-coached side to open a two-point lead on the log standings with a game in hand.
However, an uncharacteristic performance by the cash-rich club saw them failing to break down Chauya Chikwata who could have stole all the three points had they converted the numerous chances they created.
The entire 90 minutes belonged to Chauya Chikwata save for the dying minutes when FC Platinum seemed hungry for a goal.
Zimbabwe Saints’ coach Ephraim Chawanda, who was facing his erstwhile Dream Team teammate Gumbo, rued the missed chances.
“It should be a continuation of what we do. We are on a learning curve. The boys gave a good fighting spirit today. We have just started our trip to survival. We missed three chances that were either saved by the goalkeeper or hit the post but we will be working on our accuracy. I have only been with the team for two weeks. I am not going to say I am happy but I am satisfied with the result,” Chawanda said.
Gumbo on the other hand blamed the poor result on the poor performance by his boys but admitted Zimbabwe Saints played a good game.
“Well, Saints had their game but for us it was more like playing in a cup and not on a football pitch. I solely blame my boys’ performance on the pitch. My boys were struggling on the pitch,” Gumbo said.