Brave Rhinos hold FC Platinum to Claim Second Position

FC Platinum were held to a 0-0 draw by an ambitious army side, Black Rhinos, in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Morris Depot Stadium on Tuesday.

Tafadzwa Ndiraire

Black Rhinos dominated the match in the first half but were poor in the final third with Lot Chiwunga, one of their main strikers guilt of missing several chances.

The Black Rhinos forward, missed a headed opportunity on 26 minutes from winger Benjamin Marere.

However, they also had a good chance but Charles Sibanda missed a good cross from Talent Chawapiwa at the stroke of the first half.

In the second half, Norman Mapeza’s men came back a rejuvenated side, launching a series of raids in their opponent’s goal area. But the newly promoted outfit defended resolutely.

The result saw FC Platinum moving to seventh position on the log with nine points while Black Rhinos leapt to second position on the league table with 10 points, two adrift of log leaders Highlanders.

Mtizwa thought his side could have won the match although he accepted the draw as fair result.

“The draw was fair result but I thought we were supposed to win this game. We lost a lot of chances that we couldn’t convert.  FC Platinum is a very good side coached by a good tactician Norman Mapeza but I am happy that my boys are gaining ground with each passing game,” said Mtizwa.

Mapeza whose side have played all their five matches away from their home ground which is undergoing some renovations said he was happy to come out with a draw.

“I think we had some good chances we missed. Every coach would be looking for three points. We drew today and we have to accept it. We are creating chances and building well from the back but we are coming short in the final third,” said Mapeza.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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