Zimbabwe Champions FC Platinum’s dream to make a mark in their African Champions League adventure was was rocked at the 11 November Stadium on Sunday after they were handed one of their heaviest defeats in the 2018 competition.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
Clube Desportivo De Agosto …….(1) 3
FC Platinum ……………..0
Norman Mapeza, a colossus in the Zimbabwean game having played for top European side Galatasaray and also captaining the national team had set himself a target of reaching the group.stage of the prestigious tournament.
But after the humiliating defeat on Sunday, it is now an illusory. They complicated life for themselves after a bright start in which they carved out good chances.
FC Platinum found themselves trailing 1-0 on seven minutes after a miscued clearance by stand-in captain Winston Mhango.
The costly blunder allowed Gogoro some pockets of space to set up a well-positioned Mongo who had the simple task of drilling a low shot past a badly exposed goalkeeper Wallace Magallane.
That goal appeared to have unsettled them.as they continued to play second fiddle as the home team launched wave after wave of attack.
Clube Desportivo d’ Agosto could have added the second three minutes later through Congolese international forward Jacques whose rasping shot went narrowly wide.
However, FC Platinum refused to be cowed into submission with Ali Sadiki coming close with a speculative shot on 24 minutes.
In the second half, FC Platinum appeared determined to level the scores with Rodwell Chinyengetere forcing goalkeeper Neblue to tip the ball over the bar on 53 minutes.
Still, the home team continued with a high pressing game and they were 2-0 up on 55 minutes.
Jacques profited from a horrendous mistake by Magalane who punched the ball into his path in a desperate bid to clear.
The Congolese international was not done yet as he returned to haunt FC Platinum seven minutes later with his second goal to make it 3-0.
From thereafter, the home team were all over their opponents. On 70 minutes, Mongo watched in disbelief his effort crashing against the upright.
Mapeza’s men had goalkeeper Magallane to thank after he denied Ibukn with a classy stop at the death.
Clube Desportivo D’ Agosto: Neblu, Isaac, Bobo, Massunguna, Natael, Chow, Mongo, (Bua 75′), Geraldo, (Fofo85′) Ibukun, Gogoro,(Nelson 53rd) Jacques,
F C Platinum: W. Magalane, E Moyo, K Moyo, R Mudhuviwa, L Mhlanga, W Mhango, Tigere, R Kutsanzira,( K Madzongwe R Chinyengetere