FC Platinum crash in Angola

ZIMBABWE champions FC Platinum’s dream to make a mark in their African Champions league adventure received a major setback at the 11 November Stadium here yesterday, after they were handed one of their heaviest defeat by Clube Desportivo de Agosto in the first leg of their preliminary round tie.

Desportivo De Agosto . . . (1) 3
FC Platinum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0

FROM TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA IN LUANDA, ANGOLA

Norman Mapeza, a colossus in the Zimbabwean game having played for top European side Galatasaray and also captaining the national team, had set himself a target of reaching the group stage of the prestigious tournament.

But after the humiliating defeat yesterday it is now illusory.

The platinum miners complicated life for themselves after a bright start in which they carved out good chances.

FC Platinum found themselves trailing 1-0 on seven minutes after a miscued clearance by stand-in captain Winston Mhango allowed Gogooro space to set up a well-positioned Mongo, who had the simple task of drilling a low shot past a badly exposed goalkeeper Wallace Magallane on seven minutes.

That goal appeared to have unsettled FC Platinum, as they continued to play second fiddle, with the home team launching wave after wave of attack.

Clube Desportivo d’ Agosto could have added the second three minutes later through Congolese international forward Jacques, whose rasping shot went narrowly wide.

However, FC Platinum refused to be cowed into submission with Ali Sadiki coming close with a speculative shot on 24 minutes.

In the second half FC Platinum appeared determined to level the scores, with Rodwell Chinyengetere forcing goalkeeper Neblue to tip the ball over the bar on 53 minutes.

Still the home team continued with a high pressing game and were 2-0 up on 55 minutes, with Jacques profiting from a horrendous mistake by Magalane, who punched the ball into his path in a desperate bid to clear.

The Congolese international was not done yet, as he returned to haunt FC Platinum seven minutes later with his second goal to make it 3-0. From there after the home team were all over their opponents.

On 70 minutes, Mongo watched in disbelief his effort crashing against the upright.

Mapeza’s men had goalkeeper Magalane to thank after he denied Ibukn with a classy stop at the death.

Mapeza lamented the defensive blunders at the back and said the team didn’t utilise chances presented to them.

“Before the match I told the players the first quarter of the match is very important, but they go on to concede. Again before the second half I told them its important to keep it tight and we need to be careful but they conceded again. I also think it has to do with inexperience, the Angolans are more experienced I think this is their ninth season in this tournament. But this is all part of the game. We will go home and try to psyche up the players and try to push, because you never know in football. I am one guy who doesn’t want to blame his players. They also had their opportunities which they could have converted,” Mapeza said after the match.

Teams: Clube Desportivo D’ Agosto, Neblu, Isaac, Bobo, Massunguna, Natael, Chow, Mongo, (Bua 75′), Geraldo, (Fofo 85′) Ibukun, Gogoro, (Nelson 53′) Jacques

FC Platinum: W. Magalane, E Moyo, K Moyo, R Mudhuviwa, L Mhlanga, W Mhango, J Tigere, R Kutsanzira, (K Madzongwe R Chinyengetere

14 Comments

  1. Ana Mapeza ne FC Plastic, its no longer a game of moneybags. Its now football. Zvaa kuda michina mihombe vana Bosso, Kepekepe, ne Dembare. Hazvinei ne mari yenyu vana FC Plastic. Anywhere matinyadzisa. Kupfuugwa nana Monos here.

  2. Lets support FC Platinum because they are representing the nation. Kunyadziswa kwvo kunyadziswa kwenyika yese. You don’t have to be a hater to that extent. Am Caps United but ob this one lets support the team representing us

  3. Vana Norman-kuita basa rekuita maplayers madzimai ako(btw,i have solid proof). Ndakambozvitaura kuti totenda dzanwa dzaswera naMapeza; palibe chozikanwa-makahwinha magemazo akawanda muno nekubhadhara maref.Tozviziva.

  4. You only lost a battle F.C. Platinum. There is still everything to play for in the second leg at Mandava. Best of luck to Mapeza and the F.C. Platinum family.

  5. Comment…bhora mutambo

  6. Mr Editor, it’s “one of their heaviest defeats…” NOT “one of their heaviest defeat.

  7. This is pathetic and totally unacceptable, football is about humility and clearly FC Platinum don’t have that you were bragging all the way to the match only to come back with your tails between your legs. Its not about money and destabilising the local premiership its about knowing what you are doing and clearly you all don’t know what you are doing

  8. Fc Platinum matinyadzisa. Norman Mapeza haana chaanoziva uyu. You remember even last season vaihwina ma 1-0 and mostly nekupihwa madubious penalties. They have bn knocked off in the first round. They cant overturn a 3- 0 defeat . Remember last time they got thrashed 5- 0 neYoung Africans away in Tanzania and only to win 1- 0 at mandava in the reverse fixture. So come next week at most they can win 1 0 and bow out. Hapana chinozivikanwa apa. Zvaida Caps or Dembare. Poor Platinum Play.

  9. Mr Mapeza Sir. You have just blamed your players and you tell us that you don’t in the same breath. Looks like you lost is tactically, you should have parked the bus: its legal;boring but effective.

  10. Mapeza ne plastic yako maita vatete apa. Panoda dzinocheka KEPULA apa. Maybe ne Dembare. Imi zivai zvekubhadhara ma ref. Munotenga any player yamada coz mune bag but bhora munoita rekutenga ma win. Maita vatete apa ne mari yenyu.

  11. What happened to the dubious soccer star Chinyengetere. Fake soccer stars who can give a team a win. We saw it pamaka biira Ocean Mushure mabhadhara ma panelists. Chazobuda hapana. Zuro uno makakwapaidzwa ne ZANACO from Zambia Mapeza ukati ndirikuita try ma combinations. Out of all friendlies wakangomwisa 1 goal and lost three out of 4 pa home. Vana Kelvin Moyo ma soccer start defender asina kana kumboonekwa kuma Warrior vaivepi muchinyengwa 3 rounds. Ndo zvinoita ma team anoita cheat to win the league.

  12. Team yemu komboni haifi yakatamba ikahwinha ku Champions league

  13. its a game of two legs guys…thumps up Norman

  14. These STUP!D dynamos fans should go to hell with their STUP!D comments. Dont worry Norman, dont worry FC PLATINUM supporters. Soccer is about win, draw or lose. DONT LOSE HOPE.

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