Mhari the hero as FC Platinum win Chibuku Super Cup

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Mhari the hero as FC Platinum win Chibuku Super Cup HAIL THE CHAMPS . . . FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza appears to signal his second victory in the Chibuku Super Cup after lifting the trophy at Mandava yesterday


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GOALKEEPER Petros Mhari was the hero as FC Platinum edged rivals Ngezi Platinum Stars 5-3 on penalties to win the 2021 Chibuku Super Cup at Mandava yesterday.
Mhari stopped Marvelous Mukumba’s effort, after the midfielder had chosen to take his team’s second kick, to help hosts win the country’s top knockout tournament, for the second time.

Gift Mbweti delivered the winning effort for coach Norman Mapeza’s men, who had last won the trophy in 2014 after beating Harare City, at the same venue.

The match had ended 0-0 after 120 minutes of action, which saw both teams exchanging dominance.

For Ngezi Platinum, the defeat means they have now lost in the final of this tournament for the second time on the trot.

The Mhondoro-based side lost to 1-0 to Highlanders, albeit on controversial circumstances, two years ago.

FC Platinum got US$75 000 while the losing finalists, Ngezi Platinum, walked away with US$50 000 richer.

Mapeza’s men also won a ticket of representing the country in CAF Confederation Cup.

Speaking to H-Metro Sport after the match, Mhari said the secret was to save one spot-kick to give his side a chance.

“Penalties are a lottery. I just told myself, going into the shoot-out, that I have to save one or two for us to win it.

“I have managed to do that and at the end of it we lifted the trophy. It’s good for the youngsters, remember we have some boys who have just came from school.

“This is a big motivation for them in as far as their career is concerned,” said Mhari.

Mapeza described the victory as massive after equalling Harare City’s record of winning the Chibuku Super Cup twice.

He said they had won it from three attempts, in the final, compared to City’s four.

“It’s a massive achievement for the club. This is our third final, Harare City won it twice on four attempts and it’s massive for us. Overall it was good game from both teams, both teams wanted to win it. I am happy with the boy’s performance,” said Mapeza.

Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Rodwell Dhlakama said the defeat is difficult to digest.

“When you get into penalties it’s anyone’s game, it’s a lottery.

“We played very well, first half, second half and extra time. We did very well, we controlled the game, but at the end of the day we lost through penalties.

“Difficult to digest. Maybe we take the good performance from the guys going forward, but it’s now water under the bridge,” said Dhlakama.

He, however, said he is delighted with consistency within the team after reaching the final for the second time in a row.

“We are in the second final in succession, which means there’s consistency and it’s impressive,” he said.



FC Platinum: Petros Mhari, Rahman Kutsanzira, Gift Bello, Kelvin Mangiza, Brian Banda, Blessing Moyo (Rodwell Chinyengetere 85′), Innocent Mucheneka, Donald Dzvinyai, Panashe Mutimbanyoka (Ralph Kawondera 105′), Donald Teguru (Nomore Chinyerere 105′), Thandowenkosi Ngwenya (Gift Mbweti 85′)

Ngezi Platinum Stars: Nelson Chadya, Kudzai Chigwida, Devon Chafa (Arter Kaseke 87′), Keith Murera, Marvelous Mukumba, Polite Moyo, Bruno Mtigo, Anelka Chivandire (MacDonald Makuwe 46′), Nyasha Chintuli (Walter Vuwa 87′), Qadr Amini, Valentine Kadonzvo (Denver Mukamba 46′)

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