BULAWAYO – Log leaders FC Platinum dropped two points when they were held to a goal-less draw by How Mine at Luveve Stadium in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.
Platinum maintain their lead at the top of the log with 20 points from eight matches; three ahead of second-placed CAPS united.
How Mine remain in sixth place with 12 points.
The visitors had the upper hand in the first period but failed to make use of their dominance while the second period belonged to the home side.
Platinum were so unlucky not to score in the first half. Rodwell Chinyengetere had two clear-cut chances that he failed to convert.
On the first instance he directed his header over the bar with only How Mine goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya to beat.
On the second instance, the former Hwange man came face to face with Diya but his attempted chip went over the bar as well.
Tarisai Rukanda also got a good chance but shot wide from inside the box. With a bit of composure Rukanda should have done better.
In the second half, the gold miners took control of the match as they spent a lot of time in the Platinum half but they failed to utilise the chances they created.
How Mine also felt aggrieved by the second assistant referee Faith Mloyi when she ruled offside for what looked like a clear goal from Toto Banda.
The visitors goalkeeper Petros Mhari kept his side in the game with two brilliant saves from Banda and Godfrey Nguwodzawo.
Moments later, Nguwodzawo’s appeal for a penalty was turned down by referee Allan Bhasvi. It had looked like Nguwodzawo was hacked down in the box by Gift Bello.
Platinum almost caught How Mine on the break but Walter Musona hit the side netting following a brilliant run by substitute Marshal Mudewe, who had beaten another How Mine substitute Praise Tonha for pace just three minutes before full time.
Diya had to make another one-handed save after he came face to face with Mudehwe right at the death.
Nguwodzawo forced another good save from Mhari when his sting shot was tipped over for a corner in added time.
From the corner Kuda Musharu’s header was cleared off the line as the Platinum defenders scrambled to save a point for their side.
How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu said: “I feel we have lost two crucial points looking at the way we played today. We created chances but our finishing was not good. If you have a team that creates chances, it’s good; you have somewhere to start working on.”
Norman Mapeza admitted his side had struggled but was pleased that they did not lose.
“It was a game of two halves. We played well in the first half. How Mine were all over us in the second half to be honest. It’s a golden point for us; the most important thing is not to lose.”