MAPEZA MASTERMINDS BIG WIN

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THE glory that laced Highlanders’ good start to the Castle Lager Premiership was dented as they succumbed to a 0-2 loss at the hands of FC Platinum at Barbourfields yesterday.

The visitors scored both goals in the opening 10 minutes through Juan Mutudza and Lawrence Mhlanga.

At the Bata Stadium in Gweru, Chegutu Pirates celebrated their afternoon on the road in the domestic Premiership as they beat TelOne by the same score.

Blessing Ngazima and Gift Mwinga scored the goals that broke the home team fans’ hearts who ended the game demanding the head of coach Tendai Chikuni.

“I’m a relieved man. As you can see, we were sitting in a precarious position on the league table,” said Pirates coach Day Gutu.

Highlanders were not at their usual best again yesterday.

Their trusted defensive line, led by captain Peter Muduhwa, was porous.

After the second goal, Bosso attempted to regain composure but it was not to be.

“We were unsettled in the first 10 minutes that we conceded two goals and it is always difficult to come back, especially against a team like FC Platinum,” said Bosso coach, Kelvin Kaindu.

“I think Melikhaya’s absence could have probably affected us.

“We didn’t convert chances that came our way. Our opponents scored in the chances they got. What didn’t happen was the ability to convert the numerous chances that we had.

“Even in the second half, we looked stronger but unfortunately we couldn’t get the goals in terms of converting the chances that we had created.”

FC Platinum coach, Norman Mapeza, was a happy man.

“It was a good game of football. I said it before it was all to do with controlling the ball in the opening minutes and that’s exactly what we did.

“We had some good opportunities to increase the lead. Overally it was a good game.

“I spoke to the guys and said that the first 15 minutes they were going to come at us.”

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