FC PLATINUM............. 0(1)
DYNAMOS finally got their revenge on FC Platinum as they stormed into the Chibuku Super Cup last four after claiming a penalty shootout victory against their nemesis in the last two editions in an entertaining match at Mandava yesterday.
The match ended 1-1 in regulation time, with Jarrison Selemani getting FC Platinum's goal while Keith Madera got the equalizer for the visitors.
Frank Makarati, Kelvin Moyo, Denver Mukamba, Ellie Ilunga and Emmanuel Ziocha converted their spot kicks for Dynamos as Innocent Mucheneka was denied by substitute goalkeeper Frank Kuchineyi while Gift Mbweti, Nomore Chinyerere, Perfect Chikwende found the target.
Dynamos coach Lloyd Chigowe, standing in for Genesis Mangombe who was away with the national team, was on cloud nine after the famous win.
"I'm very happy, but we could have finished the game in the first half. We had a penalty that was blatantly denied by the referee. We did well in all respects and likewise, this was not an easy game.
"We worked for it and all I can say is that this Dynamos team is full of talent,” Chigowe said.
- FC Platinum reach Chibuku Cup last eight
- Inside sport: The right way to do it
- FC Platinum 8 points clear as Chicken Inn falters again
- Panashe Mutasa comes of age at Tenax FC
"For now we shift focus to the league, but I'm happy especially with the way the guys performed, especially Keith Madera."
It is the first time in six meetings since 2019 that the two teams have scored a goal in regulation time in their clashes.
In 2021, FC Platinum dumped Dynamos out of the Chibuku Cup in the semifinals after an extra-time win and last year the league champions needed a penalty shootout to record a quarterfinal victory.
FC Platinum gaffer Norman Mapeza was humble enough to concede defeat.
"In the second half, we did well than what we did in the first half.
"We got the goal off a set piece but it's unfortunate that we also conceded from a move that started from a set piece.
"We did create a lot. So after this we move and focus on the league matches.
"We have to go on," Mapeza said.
Chigowe's gamble of pulling out Prince Tafiremutsa for Kuchineyi seemed to have paid off for the Glamour Boys who remain in the hunt for a league and Cup double this season.
The two teams were slow to move out of the blocks, with no shot on target recorded until the 28th minute when Wallace Magalane spilled Nyasha Chintuli's goal-bound shot.
Dynamos had a penalty shout waved away by the referee Edward Mucharambei after Lawrence Mhlanga appeared to have cleared a Madera shot off the line with a hand.
Madera also hit the upright with a powerful low shot after a neat build up that was spurred by Emmanuel Ziocha.
FC Platinum got their first shot on target late in the first half, Chinyerere forcing a diving save from Prince Tafiremutsa.
The hosts returned from the break with so much impetus and almost broke the deadlock right away when Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya found Juan Mutudza with a defense-splitting pass but Tafiremutsa was quick to react.
Selemani broke the deadlock half way through the second half glancing home a curling free kick whipped in by Nomore Chinyerere.
Dynamos restored parity 10 minutes later after Keith Madera tapped in a low cross delivered by substitute Shadreck Nyahwa.
FC PLATINUM: W Magalane, G Mbweti, N Chinyerere, L Mhlanga, M Ngwenya(G Bello 39'), R Pavari, J Mutudza(I Mucheneka 80'), H Magaya, J Selemani(P Chikwende 72'), T Ngwenya, P Mutimbanyoka
DYNAMOS: P Tafiremutsa (F Kuchineyi 90'), E Jalai, E Moyo, K Moyo, F Makarati, J Makunike, A Musiyiwa(S Nyahwa 71'), I Sadiki(E Paga 63), N Chintuli(I Ilunga 70'), K Madera( D Mukamba 90), E Ziocha