Winning formula evades Platinum miners…as nomadic Mutuma finds foot


RODERICK MUTUMA can be described as unpredictable, unreliable or by whatever nomenclature that quickly comes to mind.
His talent has never been in doubt.
But it is his commitment to the game that leaves a lot to be desired.
The nomadic striker has made yet another move.
Mutuma left First Division side Chegutu Pirates last month to join gold miners Nichrut as he retraced his footprints to the top flight.
The player, nicknamed ‘The Prince’, had been left in the cold by teams in the premiership, leading to the former Dynamos striker joining Arthur Tutani’s Chegutu Pirates.
That was not the best of moves, considering the player has turned out for Dynamos, CAPS United, Highlanders and Yadah, among others.
Last Sunday marked his return to the country’s prestigious league with a brace for his new paymasters.
Mutuma has now opened his premiership account with two goals, ensuring Nichrut collect three points away in Rusape against Mutare City Rovers.
Mutuma has been labelled a ‘bad boy’ in some instances because of his antics and one hopes that tag does not return to haunt him.
The lanky striker has vast experience in the local league and has also played in South Africa where he had an unhappy stint at Bloemfontein Celtics.
Nichrut have another away assignment at Luveve where they clash with former champions Chicken Inn.
It will be a tough fixture for the new boys as the Gamecocks seek a second premiership title.
There was drama in the premiership last week as the country’s top sides failed to garner maximum points.
It was a tough weekend for the two platinum miners, FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum, who both lost their matches.
The losses did not change their positions on the log as the Zvishavane-based miners still enjoy a six-point lead on the apex while Ngezi are on second position.
Triangle now trail the log leaders by 12 points and six to Ngezi.
ZPC Kariba went to harass the log leaders in their own backyard, Mandava Stadium, in a 2-1 victory while Ngezi Platinum Stars were edged 0-1 by Herentals FC at the National Sports Stadium.
The loss was FC Platinum’s second while it was four in a row for Ngezi Platinum Stars. 
The Tonderayi Ndiraya-coached side are yet to find a winning formula after losing back-to-back matches just before the breather.
After the two-week break, it was expected the platinum miners would re-start on a winning note, but the misery continues.
They are yet to find a winning formula.
This weekend they host Triangle at Baobab and hope to use their strong home record.
Ngezi have only lost once at Baobab.
FC Platinum is the only side to win at Baobab Stadium.
They won 2-1.
Triangle goes into the match with high esteem after a 5-0 drabbing of a hapless Shabanie Mine at Gibbo last Sunday.
The victory saw the sugar manufacturers moving up the ladder to third position.
A victory for Taurai Mangwiro’s men will see them reducing the gap to three points between them and the hosts.
Dynamos take their fight to Zvishavane where they clash with Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium.
The Harare giants hope to capitalise on Shabanie Mine’s weaknesses that saw them lose 0-5 to Triangle.
The country’s oldest football club is dogged by several problems, the recent being the departure of youthful coach Takesure Chiragwi just before the season break.
Besides that, Shabanie lost key player David Temwanjira to ZPC Kariba during the ongoing transfer window.
The struggling giants drew 1-all with Chicken Inn last Sunday.
Dynamos gaffer, Lloyd Mutasa said the team is aiming to bounce back this second half of the season.
Highlanders continue to sing the blues after crashing to a morale sapping 0-1 defeat at the hands of Black Rhinos in Harare.
The loss was Highlanders’ fifth of the season and third in a row.
They play host to Herentals, at Barbourfields, who are basking in last weekend’s shock victory over Ngezi Platinum Stars.
ZPC Kariba seems to have jelled after making a slow start to the season.
The power utility side have been in a steady rise in the last five matches.
They managed to pick from where they left before the season break to beat the log leaders.
They welcome Black Rhinos at Nyamhunga Stadium in a potential thriller as both sides seem to have hit the right cords.
Black Rhinos are playing well of late and the break did not affect their rhythm.
Both teams have collected 13 points in the last five matches.
They have also scored eight goals in those matches.
Black Rhinos are occupying eighth position with 28 points while ZPC Kariba are on ninth with 22. 
CAPS United host Bulawayo Chiefs at the NSS while Chapungu welcome Mutare City Rovers at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.
FC Platinum travel to Harare for a date with Yadah as the log leaders hope to bounce back to winning ways. 
It has been an interesting start to the second half of the season as platinum sides lost.
The losses begin to open wide the premiership race.
The losses by the platinum sides means teams have read the tactics of Ndiraya and Norman Mapeza (FC Platinum) and it remains to be seen what the second half of the season offers.


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