It’s all about platinum…as Ndiraya and Mapeza clash


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BULAWAYO CHIEFS FC are a peculiar side.
They are debutants in the league, but are somehow unique.
They are an unpredictable side that has shocked the soccer fraternity.
They have failed to beat the weakest teams in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL), preferring to beat the strongest.
In other words, Chiefs are giant killers in the premiership.
Chiefs have failed to beat Mutare City Rovers, a side that most teams have managed to secure at least a point from.
Yadah, Herentals and Black Rhinos are some of the teams the Bulawayo outfit has failed to beat so far.
In their weakest moment, Dynamos managed to beat the new boys 1-0 in their own backyard on May 13.
That was Biggie Zuze’s first match in charge as Dynamos head coach.
Chiefs, however, seem to have a good formula to outwit the two platinum sides, FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum.
Both have suffered their first league defeats to Bulawayo Chiefs at Luveve Stadium.
First to find the going tough was FC Platinum who were handed their first loss on April 21 at Luveve Stadium.
The platinum miners were under the tutelage of Lizwe Sweswe during the absence of coach Norman Mapeza.
Bulawayo Chiefs captain Kundishora Chakanyuka and Moses Majika scored for the debutants at Luveve Stadium.
Last Sunday, Bulawayo Chiefs captain Gracious Muleya ended Ngezi Platinum’s unbeaten run in the PSL when he converted a penalty in the first half.
The visitors finished the match with nine men after Xolisani Moyo and Clive Augusto were red-carded.
It was a weekend of red cards as a total of five players received marching orders from the field of play.
Highlanders’ right back Andrew Mbeba was shown red by Norman Matemera at Rufaro Stadium for a crude tackle on Malvin Gaki.
However, the 10-man Bosso (Highlanders) went on to win 2-1.
Another player to be shown red was CAPS United goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba who handled the ball outside the box. Dynamos skipper Ocean Mushure was shown red at Gibbo Stadium.
His side lost 0-3 at the hands of Triangle with a hat-trick from Collin Dhuwa securing three points for the hosts.
It was a weekend of goals as 29 were pumped into the nets.
The biggest looser were the Harare giants who lost to Triangle.
The coaches’ fiasco at Dynamos has taken toll at the former champions as, on Sunday, re-instated coach Lloyd Mutasa took charge of the team after about a four-game absence.
Bulawayo City were involved in a six-goal thriller at Barbourfields Stadium against Yadah.
The visitors were three goals down before they forced a draw with goals from Johannes Sibanda, veteran Ralph Matema and Morris Musiyakuvi.
Matema provided assists in the two goals.
The were thrust in front by Innocent Kutsanzira, Toto Banda and Ishmael Wadi before their goals were cancelled in the last 12 minutes of the game.
The Zvishavane derby became a platinum affair as the hosts beat Shabanie Mine 4-0.
Another Kutsanzira (Rahman) sibling was on target.
Ironically, Shabanie Mine beat Bulawayo Chiefs on May 27, a side FC Platinum suffered their first defeat to.
Meanwhile, a top of-the-table clash is in the offing in Mhondoro-Ngezi as the two platinum cousins meet.
Ngezi Platinum Stars clash with FC Platinum at Baobab Stadium tomorrow in a high stakes match.
The winner takes all match is the major highlight of Week 16.
Both on 38 points, the two sides are poised for a thrilling encounter at Baobab Stadium.
With four league meetings between the two being claimed by FC Platinum, history might not play a crucial role this time around.
FC Platinum have won two league matches while Ngezi Platinum have won one with the other ending in a stalemate.
However, Ngezi Platinum will need to make do without Augusto and Moyo who are on suspension.
The 4-0 win by FC Platinum over Shabanie Mine was a morale booster ahead of Saturday’s match.
The hosts Ngezi Platinum go into the match nervy and desperate to bounce back to winning ways.
The two sides have one of the strongest rearguards in the league.
Ngezi Platinum have conceded five goals in 15 matches while FC Platinum have only four.
The Tonderayi Ndiraya-coached side have scored 26 while FC Platinum have 24.
Elsewhere, ZPC Kariba play host to Harare City at Nyamhunga Stadium in the resort town tomorrow.
The power utility side are coming from an away victory at Ascot Stadium where they won 3-2 against Chapungu.
The Kariba-based side have been failing to stamp their authority in the league but now seem to be striking the right chords.
Dynamos have another away match as they face Mutare City Rovers at Vengere in Rusape on Sunday, while Shabanie Mine welcome Black Rhinos at Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane.
The black and white army, Highlanders, face giant killers Bulawayo Chiefs at Emagumeni (Barbourfields Stadium) while Yadah will be at the National Sports Stadium to welcome Chapungu to wind up action for Week 16.
Nichrut vs Triangle
Chicken Inn vs Herentals
ZPC Kariba vs Harare City
CAPS United vs Bulawayo City
Ngezi Platinum vs FC Platinum
Mutare City vs Dynamos
Shabanie Mine vs Black Rhinos
Highlanders vs Bulawayo Chiefs
Yadah vs Chapungu


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