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FC Platinum, Hwange held in CAFmatches

[Posted 25 Mar 2012]
[By Beezsports Editor]
Mitchel Katsvairo scored one of FC Platinum goals in a 2-2 draw against El Merreikh

It looks like one of Zimbabwe's three remaining sources of hope for progression in CAF competitions in 2012, FC Platinum will now have to move mountains if they are to qualify for the second round of the Champions League following a 2-2 draw against El Merreikh at 'home' at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday aftrenoon.

FC Platinum were forced to play away from their realhome ground following CAF's inconsistent behaviour of controversially banning Mandava Stadium,  just a month or so after declaring the stadium ready to host CAFmatches, citing  poor accommodation as a the reason.

The home side twice surrendered the lead to Merreikh at Rufaro Stadium. Having gone ahead on 31 minutes through striker Mitchel Katsvairo who was an injury-doubt before the match, Seid Mustapha equalised for the visitors just five minutes later.

The Zimbabweans were to go ahead again after the break, when right-sided midfielder Joel Ngodzo scored from a tight angle in the 51st minute.

The Sudanese who never stop running and fighting, fought galantly and were duly rewarded when Mike Mutiyaba caused a dead silence to pervade the atmosphere at Rufaro Stadium later in the 2nd half after he equalised to deny the platinum miners victory at home.

Is the mountain insurmountable in Khartoum in abouttwo weeks time? Not really. Even the Sudanese'scoach Heron Ricardo Ferreira conceded that it is still game-on in Khartoum in a fortnight.

"We played well and I am happy with the result but FC Platinum are a very good side and they can cause an upset in the return leg. Although we will be at home, it will not be easy, Ferreira said.

FC Platinum ended with 10-men after substitute defender Norman Togara was sent off for a second bookable offence. Togara had replaced Zephaniah Ngodzo who was taken off in the 37th minute for what appeared like an injury-inspired change. 

Meanwhile,   Hwange were also held to a 1-1 draw at the Colliery in a CAF Confederations Cup 1st round tie against Al Almal Atbara of Sudan. Adam Mahbob gave the visitors the lead as early as the 7th minute.

It proved to be a terrible start for the home side when Munyaradzi Mungadze was sent off in the 24th minute while Hwange were chasing the match. 

Hwange captain Rodwell Chinyengetere showed great leadership when he fought hard to score an equaliser for the ten-men Hwange to retain a slim-hope of causing an upset away from home.

The match ended 1-1 and and as it stands,it is adavantage to Atbara, but there is a big possibility that Hwange will surprise the Sudanese in their own backyard.

All three Zimbabwean representatives drew their matches over the weekend, and they still have chances to progress to the next round.  

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