Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
MANDAVA – Castle Lager Premier League reigning champions FC Platinum began their Chibuku Super Cup group 4 campaign with a 6-0 win over lifeless prison side Whawha FC.
The out of sorts Whawha FC had made headlines early before the match when their hand written team card was released online and became the centre of all trolls.
The match began with FC Platinum being the first out of the blocks and could have found the back of the net as early as the 6th minute but the effort missed the goal by an inch.
Versatile player Silas Songani then opened the floodgates in the 19th minute with a wonderful strike to give Pure Platinum Play the lead.
Veteran striker Rodwell Chinyengetere was to follow eight minutes later with another goal to make it two for the miners.
Whawha continued with their struggles as the match proved they were not one for the elite group yet and former Hwange star Chinyengetere notched his second of the afternoon at the half hour mark.
The match went for half time with FC Platinum leading 3-0.
Whawha continued from were they had left off with a fourth baptism coming from Songani in the 63rd minute to complete his brace.
Chinyengetere was the next on the line to score his third with ten minutes remaining. A hat-trick for the lethal forward.
It was not enough for Whawha who accepted the 90th minute six pack well packaged by Thando Ngwenya after a good build up from Donald Teguru.
“I am happy for the boys. We just have to keep working hard and see what happens in our next match. I am really happy for Thando, you know he is still young. Just seen him now and to come in and get a goal, we will try to help him to boost his confidence.
“And for the two senior guys, I think that’s why they are here. They need to lead these youngsters. I am happy the guys put up a good show, like I said we just need to keep working hard. Our main aim is to do well in the tournament but you never know what happens tomorrow. We need to keep working hard and see how we will progress,” said Norman Mapeza.
“Very good lessons to be learnt. We say congratulations to Platinum for the very good experience that they showed us and from that we have learnt a lot.
“Technically and tactically we have to work on winning balls and the regain. As much as we are going to defend, we have to make sure that its not always that they should cross into the goal area. At times they have to drop back so the holding defensive linkman was supposed to holding by the penalty area or the arch outside the eighteen area.
“This is going to be a motivator as we go towards other games in the Chibuku Super Cup tournament but we say we have learnt on a very good platform and everything that we saw is a very good turning point to us,” said Whawha coach Luke Jikelele.
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