BANTU ROVERS . . . . . . (0) 1
FC PLATINUM . . . .. . . . . (0) 1
FC PLATINUM came from behind to salvage a point through an Aaron Katebe goal in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
This was the second draw for Bantu Rovers in a row and one which saw an irate Methembe Ndlovu having to be held back as he charged at FC Platinum officials soon after the match after alleging that some officials from the Zvishavane side had illegally approached one of his players.
“When coaches go to my players and start talking to them I take exception to that,” he said.
He said he was disappointed by the result.
“Ultimately I am responsible for the result and it shows that I am not doing a good enough job at the moment. It is also disappointing to see that my players are not being protected and with every foul we were cautioned. I do not want to make excuses,” said Ndlovu.
Bantu Rovers are still 15th on the log standings with 16 points from 18 games while Platinum are now on 25 points. Bantu Rovers got their goal in the 56th minute through Nqobizitha Masuku with Katebe equalising in the 80th minute.
FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa said their injury-forced substitutions had affected them.
“I think as a coach you would want to collect three points, but getting a point is better than nothing. Bantu Rovers are a good side and we did not want them to get the ball and hold on to it for a long time and it worked for us. However, the injuries to our goalkeeper (Petros Mhari), Allen (Gahadzikwa) and Wisdom Mutasa made things worse for us. We could have avoided the goal that was scored,” he said.
When asked about the situation at the club, Mutasa said: “You cannot please everyone. We have not lost in the last 10 matches, but the bulk of the games that we played have been draws. We also have to look at the injuries to players and the material that we have and you will see we have not done badly,” said Mutasa.