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FROM MICHAEL MADYIRA IN KADOMA
NORMAN Mapeza gave the strongest indication that he could be the Messiah at FC Platinum have been searching for after inspiring his side to edge Black Rhinos in a Premier Soccer League match at Rimuka yesterday.
Although it was a low-scoring afternoon marked by substitute Obrey Chirwa’s late goal, the way FC Platinum turned around the game in the second half was a reflection of the former Warriors coach’s tactical acumen.
Barking stern instructions from the touchline while drawing attention of the Rimuka VIP enclosure, Mapeza had full grip on the players with his authority being translated to a good second half showing.
It was the coach’s second win in as many games and the result ended Rhinos’ four match unbeaten streak in the league.
The platinum miners however remained on sixth position with four points from the top.
“I do not want to put myself under pressure. We are just taking each game as it comes and end the season on a respectable position. I am happy the players are slowly adjusting to my type of play,” said Mapeza.
Rhinos were slowly building Rimuka as a territory not to tread on but they slumped back into the relegation zone as FC Platinum banished that home invincibility.
It was coach Jostein Mathuthu’s first loss since taking over as Rhinos coach as his side wasted numerous chances in the opening half.
“We should have scored all those chances that came our way in the first half but we failed to do that,” said Mathuthu.
“In football you do not always win. Sometimes you draw or lose and that is what has just happened. But we hope to do better in the next game.”
The defining moment of the match came five minutes to full time when Chirwa shot from the edge of the box after an assist from Qadar Amini.