Soaring above cloud nine would best describe the feelings felt by troubled Hwange coach Mebelo Njekwa after the coalminers grabbed maximum points courtesy of a brace from the sensational Gift Mbweti , in a mid-week Castle Lager match at the Colliery.
Mbweti grabbed the opener in the 15th after latching onto a middle half pass to lob the ball past former Hwange goalie Petros Mhari, who had wondered off his position.
A double came for Mbweti in a similar way as a pass from Innocent Mucheneka found him with space to use his deathly pace, to ghost into the FC Platinum box and send the nets bulging again as Mhari did no favours for his employers by allowing another “cheap” shot go past him.
“ I expect us to continue in a similar form as the fans had lost hope after our loss over the weekend but we came out and performed as we had planned , said Njekwa.
Norman Mapeza was clearly displeased with his charges and lamented the soft goals that clearly killed the game.
“ We could have played better football , the soft goals we conceded killed the game for us we certainly could have done better” , said a distraught Mapeza.
FC Platinum got a consolation after an unclear Boriwondo foul to have former Hwange player Rodwell Chinyengetere blast a perfect penalty past Future Sibanda in the 82nd.
Mapeza’s side appeared to struggle from the get go with the team failing to get past a steady Chipangano defense with David Boriwondo cutting a very solid figure in defense extinguishing any trouble from the visitors.
The first stanza was punctuated by stuttering attacks from both sides with the middle of the park absorbing most of the play.
Tatenda Dzumbunu stood out for the visitors controlling most of the play and controlling the attack through his fast foot work and stealthy speed and turns.
Dzumbunu’s work almost paid off but Walter Musona was unlucky to see his effort dip after going few inches past the bar, with Sibanda well beaten in goal.
Hwange mounted an immediate response were Mbweti almost added to his brace but squandered the chance as he tried to repeat his earlier lob but over cooked his effort to send the ball sky high, all the while with only the goalie to beat.
Boriwondo almost had an excellent game with the defender thwarting most of Platinums attacks with a defttackle on Tarisai Rukanda receiving applause from the terraces.
FC Platinums inclusion of Marshal Mudehwe nearly paid of immediately with his impact play and pace opening up spaces in Hwange’s rearguard , the solution was too late though as Platinum could only get a single goal.
Hwange were unlucky to be cut down to ten men after in form David Boriwondo received a second booking in the 82nd minute.
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