Twist and turns in the Premier Soccer League on the domestic scene saw Highlanders cutting the lead to only a single point as they dismissed the Airmen by a goal to nil at Ascot Stadium, while Moses Chunga baptized Norman Mapeza with fire at the ceremonial Home Of Football to dent and deflate the later’s title hopes.
BY CAUSEMORE GADENI
FC Platinum succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Harare City on Saturday to give Lloyd Chitembwe’s CAPS United a safer advantage to claim the pole position, would Makepekepe pass the Border Strikers hurdle by any margin, even a draw, tomorrow.
Despite having an underdog tag before the game, the City Fathers showed character and determination as they took the lead as early as the 11th minute through Kafandada and the scoreline stood upto half time.
Second half resumed with the visitors more determined for an equalizer but it proved elusive before Manondo find the insurance goal 7 minutes after the one hour mark.
With only a minute before full time, Walter Musona found the target to reduce the arrears for FC Platinum but the injury had already been done and the match ended 2-1 in favour of the home team.
Relegation favorites, Tsholotsho FC pulled a surprise package away from home to collect a set of maximum points at Baobab stadium deep in Mashonaland West, home to Ngezi Platinum, by handing the hosts a 0-1 defeat.
The separator came through M Phiri in the 19TH minute and it stood till the end of the match.
Mutare City Rovers, another relegation bound struggling team managed to hold Howmine FC to a goalless draw in Bulawayo whilst Triangle United, under the tutelage of David Mandigora, succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Nyamhunga stadium, home to ZPC Kariba.
At Ascot stadium Erol Akbay guided his lads to yet another set of maximum points to keep the title hopes alive by a slender 1-0 win against Chapungu United.
Bosso scored in the 88th minute through Prince Dube and the goal was enough to keep Amatengwane within the touching distance with the log leaders FC Platinum.
Highlanders now trial by a single point, but Makepekepe have been presented with a golden chance to go top when they face log anchors Border Strikers on Sunday at Dulibadzimu stadium
Ngezi Platinum 0
Tsholotsho 1 (M Phiri 19′)
Zpc Kariba 1 (T Chitora 29′)
How Mine 0
Mutare City 0
Harare City 2 (Kafandada 11′, Manondo 67′)
Fc Platinum 1 (Musona 88)
– G Takwara (Fc Platinum) sent off
Highlanders 1 (Dube 89)