FC PLATINUM CLOSE GAP
28 May 2018
. . . Bosso drop points again
THE 2018 Castle Lager Premiership race is turning out to be a two-horse race after FC Platinum managed to reduce Ngezi Platinum’s gap to three points yesterday.
Ngezi Platinum had opened a six point gap on Saturday after defeating Harare City 3-1 at Baobab, and yesterday FC responded positively by brushing aside Chicken Inn 2-0 away.
Third-placed Bosso drew 1-1 with Chapungu and at 26 points, they now trail Ngezi Platinum by 12 points.
That scenario has given Ngezi coach Tonderai Ndiraya confidence that they are certainly made for the title.
“We are championship material,” Ndiraya said.
“But what is important is to be consistent. I think consistency is what we have done so far. I’m happy for the team and I’m happy for the players for what they have done so far.
“They have not dropped. Normally when you win like this, you tend to have complacency.
“I’m glad this year we have a different group, a group which is focused on achieving our objective. And I hope that we will continue on the same path.”
Farai Madhanhanga and Rodwell Chinyengetere were on target for FC Platinum yesterday for a result that also damaged Chicken Inn’s title hopes.
With Ngezi Platinum playing their matches first, FC Platinum have admitted it is something that is putting them under a lot of pressure.
Ndiraya on the other hand says it has not been easy having the other teams on their tail.
“It hasn’t been easy. We have played quite difficult matches but we are managing. We will keep at it and see what happens end of the season.
“The players are getting to know exactly what they are supposed to be doing.”
FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum are showing the quality they have and Ndiraya reckons there is something special about his team this season.
“We have managed to change the team and that has kept us going, but most importantly we have a different mentality this year than last year,” he said.