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FC Platinum showed character when they came from a goal down to collect maximum points in a five-goal thriller that drew a bumper crowd at Mandava yesterday. Zambian international Obrey Chirwa was on target in the fourth minute for the home side before Donald Ngoma netted in the 67th minute strike whilst Jimmy Tigere scored an own goal in the 46th minute.

The visitors, who nearly stole the show in this top-of-the-table Castle Lager Premiership soccer match, got their goals from Hilary Bakacheza in 10th minute and Lameck Nhamo’s 36th minute header.

Chirwa was on target when he met with a header a corner kick by Raphael Muduviwa from the right beating goalkeeper Ronald Mudimu all systems out just after four minutes of play.

With everything seemingly going the platinum miner’s way, Bakacheza, who has been admired by Platinum FC for the past three seasons, equalised for the hosts.

The son of former Mhangura midfielder Hilary (Snr) dribbled past the entire FC Platinum defence and slotted the ball home, beating goalkeeper Francis Tizayi in the 10th minute.

Triangle then surged ahead in the 36th minute when Nhamo reacted to a Pasca Manhanga cross from the right to fire the ball home. The goal was, however, soft as the platinum miners could have done better to clear the ball from danger and seasoned defender Gift Bello and Muduviwa could have done better to avoid the goal.

After the breather FC Platinum were a more rejuvenated side.

Muduviwa broke loose on the right after just a minute of the restart and sent a cross into the box that saw Tigere beating his own goalkeeper in a bid to clear.

A timely substitution by FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza in the 48th minute when he introduced Ngoma for Brian Muzondiwa played a part for his side’s victory. Ngoma, who had played for 19 minutes, shook his marker on the right and released a scorcher that Mudimu only managed to retrieve from the back of the nets and that was all the miners needed to collect maximum points.

Triangle, who had a good game, should consider themselves unlucky to lose this match.

“We made life difficult for ourselves when we gave away two soft goals but we showed great character.

“We still have a long season. We still need to work hard but we have been on the road too much and it has an impact when my players get into the field but I am happy that my boys won today,” said FC Platinum coach Mapeza.

His counterpart, Kevin Kaindu, was impressed with his side’s overall performance. “It was the top-of-the-table clash. Mandava is one of the best stadiums and both sides put up a good fight. We played well, a passing game and we lost the game when FC Platinum got their second goal.

“I appreciate the performance and everyone is playing well. That is why I have a smile at the end of the game,” said Kaindu.

Source : The Herald