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CHAPUNGU played to a goalless draw in the Midlands derby at Ascot yesterday against 10-man FC Platinum.

There is no history between the two as yesterday’s game is their first ever meeting in top-flight football.

The result means Chapungu remain unbeaten at home while the platinum miners continue chasing their elusive win away from home.

The coaches Clement Mugari of Chapungu and Ralph Kawondera of FC Platinum were however, satisfied with the result though they both fancied their chances of winning.

“I would have wanted a win today but a draw is not a bad result,” said Mugari.

“We are satisfied with a draw though we could have won the match especially in the first half,” said Kawondera.

Both teams looked hungrier from the opening exchanges with Qadar Amini’s effort inside 20 minutes crashing against the woodwork.

Seven minutes later on the opposite end Ngonidzashe Murisa turned Allan Gahadzikwa inside out but his effort went over the bar.

Fifteen minutes into the second-half, referee Maxwell Nyamhuri awarded the hosts a penalty after he had adjudged Gift Bello had handled Gift Phiri’s cross in the box. From the resultant spot kick Petros Mhari in goal for the visitors was at his very best to deny Maxwell Mavhuto’s rather casual effort.

Three minutes before fulltime, FC Platinum were reduced to 10 men when speedy winger Marshall Mudewe was given his marching orders for a lunge on Collen Kwaramba. Donald Khumalo, the assistant coach lost his cool and stormed into the pitch to vent his frustration.

Source : Zimbabwe Standard