FC Platinum hope to stop Hwange


THE trail-blazing start to the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer (PSL) by Hwange comes under spotlight this Saturday when the coal miners take a trip to Zvishavane where they will clash with FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.


Chipangano beat Buffaloes 5-1 at the Colliery on Sunday with former captain and Warriors midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere grabbing a brace after 18 months of inactivity due to injury.

Evans Rusike got a brace as well with Tafara Chese scoring the fifth goal.

The last time they were in Mandava — last year in May — the coal miners stunned Platinum with a 1-0 win through a header coming from veteran defender David Boriwondo six minutes before half-time.

Hwange held on in the second half and managed to get the three points, but Thabani Kamusoko hit the back of the net in September as FC Platinum avenged that defeat at the Colliery in the reverse fixture with an identical 1-0 win.

FC Platinum started the league on a low note after they were held to a 1-1 draw by PSL newcomers Chiredzi FC, coached by Moses “Bambo” Chunga.

The platinum miners coach Lloyd Mutasa is cautious of the Nation Dube-coached Hwange.

“It is good that we are playing Hwange who are on fire coming from a draw away from home. We want to atone for that draw and start collecting maximum points,” he said.

“I want to believe that collecting a point away was better than coming out empty handed. So far everybody is up and about. (Daniel) Vheremu, (Allen) Gahadzikwa, Aaron (Katebe) and (Francis) Tizayi have started training and that is definitely going to be a boost going forward.”

Platinum have one of the strongest squads this year that boast Kamusoko, who scored the equaliser against Chiredzi, Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube, Tarisai Rukanda and Nelson Maziwisa.