SHABANIE MINE . . . . 0
FC PLATINUM . . . . . . 0
THE eighth Zvishavane derby between Shabanie Mine and FC Platinum failed to produce a winner following yesterday’s 0-0 outcome at Maglas Stadium.
The Chinda Boys came into the match desperate to collect maximum points following the 1-2 loss to their rivals at Mandava two weeks ago.
For FC Platinum, coach Lloyd Mutasa was determined to collect maximum points as well to repay the faith put in him by the executive to keep his job.
After the match he was happy with the result though he felt his charges could have won.
“We deserved to win the game, but we failed to convert the chances we got in the dying stages of the game. A draw in a derby and away from home is not a bad result and I am happy with the overall performance of the boys,” said Mutasa.
Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri felt that his charges are yet to gel following the departure of some of his stars in the current transfer window.
“We lacked experience because most of our players have not been playing regularly. But today (yesterday) they played well and with more time they will be fine and will be able to compete against the best,” said Phiri.
The hosts’ liveliest performer Godknows Murwira had two shots at goal in the opening half which troubled Petros Mhari in goal for the platinum miners, but the visitors’ defence was quick to clear their lines and avert danger on both occasions.
Twenty minutes after the breather the Chinda Boys captain Smart Muchabaiwa’s beautifully taken free kick crashed against the woodwork with Mhari a beaten man. The platinum miners’ junior product Blessing Sahondo got a glorious chance to win the match when he raced clear, but his goal bound shot was blocked by an exposed Victor Twaliki in goal for the hosts.