16 April 2018
FARAI Madhanhanga showed no mercy for his parent club Harare City, scoring one of the goals as FC Platinum won 3-1 at Mandava on Saturday.
Madhanhanga, Mkhokheli Dube and Rodwell Chinyengetere were on target while Ray Uchena scored Harare City’s goal.
The utility player, who is on loan at FC Platinum from Harare City, did not ,however, celebrate his goal.
This became Harare City’s first loss of the season and coach Mark Harrison admitted that the champions, inspired by their own player, are a better team.
Going into the game, Harare City had managed two wins and three draws whilst FC Platinum have only dropped two points so far.
Harrison said their aim as they progress will be to play like the champions, using the same philosophy of ‘death by a thousand passes’.
“We were always going to lose at some point and I’m glad it is against the best team in the league.
“Look, it is a lesson for us. We wanted to play and they showed us how to play. You can’t give away goals like we gave away against the best team in the league,” Harrison said.
“Against lesser teams you get away with it, but against them you get punished. We gave away three shocking goals.
“At the same time I thought they were quicker to the second ball. When they got the ball, they were quicker on the ball.
“We want to play like Platinum or better than them but it is going to take us time. We have to take it and say we were beaten by a better team.”
FC Platinum have done enough to ensure that they remain on track in defence of their title while Harare City, who are aiming for a top eight finish, are also still on track.
Harrison said he is not pressing the panic button.
“Not at all, we have only lost one in six. I’m not worried, we are still work in progress. We know how we want to play and it is going to take us time to get us to that level.
“And that is the level we want to go like FC Platinum. Going forward it we will get better, it will change and we will take the lessons from today (Saturday),” he said.