NGEZI Platinum handed Luke Masomere the heaviest defeat of his ZPC Kariba stint, winning 3-0 at Nyamhunga on Saturday to open a four-point lead at the summit of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table.
A first half double by Takunda Benhura (9th and 39th minutes) and a second half strike from Delic Murimba (53rd minute) gave Ngezi Platinum a comfortable win in a match they had 18 shots at goal compared to just six for the hosts.
Second placed Highlanders are in action Sunday at the Colliery against Hwange and will have an opportunity to reduce the gap to one point.
Champions FC Platinum continued with their late charge, beating Herentals 2-0 at Mandava with second half goals from Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya (64th minute) and Juan Mutudza (51st minute).
Norman Mapeza, who was yellow carded for dissent, knows his side is back in the title race with 10 more matches remaining.
Newcomers Simba Bhora made a big statement with a 3-0 win at fellow newcomers GreenFuel a week after coach Tonderai Ndiraya declared they were not part of the relegation equation.
In Bulawayo, Chicken Inn were once again held to a stalemate at home as they shared the spoils with visiting Triangle United 1-1.
The Gamecocks came from behind through Genius Mutungamiri to salvage a point from the game.
Triangle had gone in front through a Never Rauzhi goal in the first half. His goal was cancelled by Mutungamiri with just 11minutes left of regulation time.
In the first half, Triangle looked the better of the two sides, using long balls something which paid dividends in the 26th minute.
Rauzhi put the visitors in front through a headed effort from inside the 18-yard-box. Triangle tried to double their lead but it never happened and for the Gamecocks, the equaliser took too long to come as several chances were not utilized.
Going to the half time break trailing 1-0, Chicken Inn needed something special in front of goal and it came through the in-form Mutungamiri.
After a brilliant run from Michael Charamba into the box, Mutungamiri was found on the near post and he cooly slotted home, through a deflected shot.
Mutungamiri’s goal was the last real chance for the home side and both teams had to settle for a draw.
WEEK 24 RESULTS
Saturday 23 September
Chicken Inn 1-1 Triangle
FC Platinum 2-0 Herentals
Green Fuel 0-3 Simba Bhora
Sheasham 1-0 Cranborne Bullets
Yadah 1-2 Bulawayo Chiefs
ZPC Kariba 0-3 Ngezi Platinum
Sunday 24 September
Black Rhinos v Manica Diamonds
Dynamos v CAPS United
Hwange v Highlanders