FC Platinum’s losing run continued when they lost their third Castle Lager Premiership match in a row against previously winless Whawha here yesterday to pile the pressure on coach Norman Mapeza.
The Platinum miners had lost to Chicken Inn and Harare City heading into yesterday’s match and their luck did not change as Roy Useni scored a brace to propel the home side to their maiden top flight win.
After the match, FC Platinum supporters heckled Mapeza saying that he should just quit the club before he is forced to leave.
To his credit, Mapeza remained cool as the insults rained from the stands with the supporters shouting very nasty words that cannot be reproduced in a family newspaper.
The former Zimbabwe captain was, however, lost for words at the final whistle after watching his side waste a number of good chances to score.
“After such a performance, where am I going to start from?” asked Mapeza. “We could have scored five goals in the first half, but we gave them the two goals. When we continue to lose like this I get worried.”
Whawha coach Lloyd Mutasa was ecstatic after registering his first win and admitted that his players were now losing confidence after two draws and three loses in their first five matches.
“This win is good for the team. I am happy for the boys,” said Mutasa. “The confidence of the team was waning, but I am relieved by this win.”
From the start of the match, the home side looked hungrier and they were first to the ball as the FC Platinum players seemed to be fatigued by their midweek defeat to Harare City.
The home side, however, found the break on 45 minutes when Useni capitalised on a mistake by goalkeeper Francis Tizayi, who parried the ball back into play after a shot.
FC Platinum were not behind for long as they equalised through Tarisai Rukanda, whose header from a Raphael Mudwiwa free kick beat Phillip Nhete two minutes into added time.
Useni scored his second of the match in the second half, when he tapped into an empty net a pass from ageless midfielder Marlven Nyakabangwe in the 61st minute.