FC Platinum were left a dejected lot after seeing their chances of hiting three championships in a row diminishing after a surprise defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Bulawayo Chiefs at Mandava Stadium over the weekend.
Despite dictating the play for much of the time, FC Platinum failed to get past Bulawayo Chiefs’ last man standing and a goal from Auther Musiiwa in the 71st minute was enough to send them sleeping with their soccer booths on.
Angry Pure Platinum play supporters sang and booed their team after the final whistle calling for the sacking of their coach Lizwe Sweswe and goalkeeper Petros Mhari.
Speaking to this publication after the match one supporter reiterated that the club needed to invest in a new goalkeeper as their current one is getting old.
“We have a poor goalkeeper in the form of Mhari, he is now old and I think we now need a new one. Our coach also, the team is too big for him, he can’t handle it we need a new strategists if our target is to reclaim the championship this season,” he said.
Lizwe Sweswe was not happy with the outcome of the game, feeling that they were let down by the lineman who allowed the goal to stand even if it was a clear offside.
“The loss is a huge blow to our title hopes but this will not stop us from achieving our season’s target which is returning our title. The game was OK but at the end was decided by someone for the reasons I don’t know and I don’t want to comment much about it,” said Sweswe.
An elated Chief gaffer Thulani Sibanda hailed his boys for show positive spirit in foreign lands and defeating the champions at their back yard.
“We are happy as a team and the result is testimony of hard work. We are working hard to go afloat and survive the chop come end off season. FC Platinum came guns blazing but we managed to contain them, our target now is to win all our games left,” said Sibanda.
The win at Mandava saw ‘aMakazens’ going up the log table comfortably settling outside the red zone with 35 points from 28 games.