Shabanie Mine . . . . . . . . 0
FC Platinum . . . . . . . . . 0
IT was all square in the Zvishavane derby yesterday! Shabanie Mine and FC Platinum shared the spoils again in a Castle Lager Premiership match played at Maglas Stadium.
REPORT BY EPHRAIM SHOKO SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The reverse fixture ended in a 2-2 draw in the first half of the season, but it was Platinum who claimed the bragging rights after they knocked Shabanie out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup two weeks ago with Donald Ngoma settling matters.
On Wednesday, Ngoma’s second-half goal was disallowed for a foul while Platinum claimed they were denied two clear penalties.
Shabanie dominated the proceedings from the start with Pevington Zimunya forcing Tafadzwa Dube into a brilliant save in the 13th minute from a free-kick. Dube though, almost handed Shabanie the lead when he conceded an indirect free-kick in the 26th minute, but Masocha missed the target.
Platinum’s only shot in the first half arrived in the 69th minute when Mitchelle Katsvairo broke free, but Shabanie goalkeeper Roy Mazingi stopped the shot.
In the second half, Platinum were the better side with William Manondo, who had come in for Charles Sibanda, running rings around the Shabanie defence, but still the breakthrough proved evasive.
Then came Ngoma’s “goal”. Referee Happy Mabhena adjudged that Ngoma had elbowed Simon Choenda before scoring, leading to Platinum coach Tendai Chikuni charging that the match official was biased.
Shabanie remained in fifth place with 42 points while Platinum stayed in seventh place with 40 points. Three games of the season are left to play.