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30 October 2017
NGEZI Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya believes their 2-0 win over Dynamos at Baobab on Saturday is a defining moment for their season in the 2017 title race.
Ndiraya’s statements also come at a time when FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza believes they gained an important point against Harare City while Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa remains hopeful.
Chicken Inn missed a golden opportunity to reduce the gap between them and the log leaders to two points after playing a goalless draw with ZPC Kariba in a re-arranged Premiership match at Nyamhunga yesterday morning.
It was Ngezi Platinum who came out the biggest beneficiaries from the weekend results as they threatened to humiliate DeMbare in a match the visitors’ fans turned violent and invaded the pitch twice, forcing stoppages.
“It puts us back in serious contention and we would need to work harder to cross the finishing line. The next four match days will be interesting.
“It is the same team that beat us in the reverse fixture in Harare. This time we were playing at home in Ngezi and had to take advantage of our home ground to win,” said Ndiraya.
Ngezi scored through Qadr Amini and Xolisani Moyo to ensure that they took their tally to 60 points.
FC Platinum, who were held to a goalless draw by Harare City at Rufaro on Friday, are on the same points, but with an inferior goal difference.
Dynamos remain stuck on 58 points but still with a chance to recover as FC and Ngezi Platinum still have a match against each other.
Ndiraya admitted that they did not have it easy against DeMbare.
“It was not an easy match at all. Dynamos were fighting hard and we were fortunate to score the two goals we scored.
“It was a great team effort with everyone doing the best for the team.”
The reality is Ngezi Platinum could put themselves in a better position if they can beat FC Platinum at Mandava.
Ndiraya however said it was important for them to focus on the immediate challenge.
“The next game is the most important one in this competition. All our efforts are directed at our next fixture which is Bantu Rovers away in Bulawayo,” he said.
The victory on Saturday brought Ngezi Platinum at par on goal difference with DeMbare. Given how tight the race has been, goal difference could come handy after the final match.
“We have been one of the most consistent Teams in the League in terms of scoring and I hope the team will keep scoring. Goal difference may play a huge role this season and it is important to keep scoring and keep clean sheets,” Ndiraya said.
Mapeza said: “For us that one point was one point gained. Look, we could have lost that game and they had very good chances.
“If I complain about the point that we gained against Harare City, I will be going nuts.”