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HARARE City continued surging towards Castle Lager Premier Soccer League glory with a victory over visiting FC Platinum at Rufaro yesterday.
Centre-back Crispen Dickson thrust City ahead 14 minutes into the second half with a ferocious shot, before substitute Crybert Muvuti’s headed goal seven minutes before time. The goals helped City assert their control on the log standings with seven points clear at the top.
But trailing Dynamos and Highlanders who share 31 points each could cut the lead to four points if they overcome Black Rhinos and Hwange respectively this afternoon.
Osborne Mukuradare narrowly missed the target with a low drive inside the box as early as the first minute, before William Manondo was denied by goalkeeper Francis Tizayi in a face-to-face situation two minutes later to underline City’s intentions.
The visitors only managed to respond just after the half-hour mark through Mitchelle Katsvairo’s wide effort, which was their only meaningful chance of the opening half. Manondo could have put City ahead on the stroke of half-time but shot just over bar from Martin Vengesai’s cross.
In a second-half that started slowly, Aaron Katebe brought down Manondo on the edge of the box to earn City a free-kick which Nathan Ziwini appeared to be going straight for goal, but slid the ball to Dickson who released a scorcher past a stranded Tizayi.
Muvuti headed in a cross from Ziwini to spark a concerted response a minute later from FC Platinum who probed through Winstone Mhango’s shot unfortunately aimed straight at substitute goalkeeper Nomore John.
Daniel Vheremu hit the post with a header three minutes from time in the last attempt at goal by both sides.