FC Platinum defender Daniel Vheremu is feeling guilty and has apologised for the mistake which cost the Premiership debutantes a chance to sew up the league title after they were edged 1-0 by title rivals Dynamos at Mandava Stadium on Sunday.
Rahman Gumbo’s men who led the log standings by three points going into the match were hoping to lay their hands on the league trophy in their first attempt.
But that dream went up in smoke after Vheremu wilted under the weight of an expectant Zvishavane community to flick the ball into his own nets as he attempted to clear a free-kick from Dynamos defender Guthrie Zhokinyi in the 66th minute.
Vheremu, a member of the Warriors, admitted on Monday after training with the national team at Rufaro ahead of the international friendly match against South Africa last night that he made an error and issued an apology to supporters and his teammates.
“I am sorry about what happened,” said Vheremu.
“It was a high ball and I was very far to such an extent that I had to stretch my legs a bit to reach the ball. My leg had a touch to the ball and it went in.
“But I thought Tafadzwa Dube could have saved that ball because he was close considering the position where I was. But I admit the mistake and I think people should understand that it happens,” said Vheremu.
The former Gunners defender, however, said they will not throw in the towel until the final whistle on Sunday.
Dynamos take on relegated Kiglon in their final match of the campaign on Sunday while FC Platinum face off Shooting Stars, also relegated on Sunday.
But Gumbo’s men will have to outscore Dynamos for them to be crowned champions as they have an inferior goal difference.