ZPC Kariba’s unbeaten run stretched to five games with yet another polished performance to earn a point against FC Platinum in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League football match at Gwanzura Stadium, Harare, yesterday.
ZPC Kariba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0
FC Platinum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
The match was one of the tough games for the league debutants in these early stages of the season where they have already dealt with league champions Dynamos, Caps United, Harare City and Buffaloes.
While many expected them to falter in these matches, the start merely provided the side from Kariba with a platform to prove their credentials as this season’s surprise package. Compliments had been coming thick and fast before yesterday’s match, with victories over Dynamos and Harare City, and draws against Caps and Buffaloes included in that marvellous run of games.
Yesterday’s draw took ZPC Kariba’s points tally to nine and they spent last night as joint log leaders although that is likely to change after today’s round of matches. The team’s coach Saul Chaminuka is obviously impressed.
“I am happy with the team’s performance and the fighting spirit. We are in the right direction, but I am worried with fatigue as my players are always on the road. We play our home games in Harare so all our games are away.
“Our main target is to survive relegation, but if they allow us to win the championship, why not?” quipped Chaminuka in his post-match interview.
FC Platinum’s frustrations at the poor start to their season were exposed by their head coach Lloyd Mutasa yesterday who confronted the match officials at the final whistle, alleging biased refereeing. He, however, refused to comment on the performance of the officials when asked to justify his actions.
Instead, he blamed his strikers for failing to convert the chances his team created.