Shabanie Mine 0-1 FC Platinum
BULAWAYO – FC Platinum retained the Premier Soccer League title on Sunday after edging Shabanie Mine 1-0 in the Zvishavane derby.
Devon Chafa scored the winning goal after coming off the bench as Platinum sealed the deal at Maglas Stadium with two matches to spare.
It was a third Premier League title for Mapeza, who won it last year with FC Platinum to add to the winner’s medal he got for leading Monomotapa to glory in 2008.
“If you look at the progression of the team it has been like this since 2014, we were improving each season, last year we won on the last day, this time we have done it with two games to go,” Mapeza said.
“I told the players let us push to get to the 80-point mark, now we are on 74 and we have won but we still want to win our two remaining games.
“It was not easy we came here needing two results a win or a draw, but we have done it in style, congratulations to the boys.
“It was not easy. I want to salute the boys, the fans, the executive, the technical team and my family they have been very supportive in this journey.”
FC Platinum were chased by Ngezi Platinum and Chicken Inn for most of the season, but their rivals had a dreadful second half of the season allowing Mapeza’s men to pull clear.
Meanwhile, Tinashe Makanda scored a first half curler before Ariel Sibanda converted a spot kick as Highlanders ended their four-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Harare City at Barbourfields.
Dynamos confirmed their Premier League status after sharing the spoils with Triangle in a 0-0 stalemate at Rufaro.
CAPS United left Vengere Stadium with all three points after edging relegated Mutare City Rovers 1-0 with a goal by 19-year-old Kelvin Ndebele.