ZPC Kariba plunged to the bottom of the Premiership standings yesterday after the PSL disciplinary committee punished them for failing to turn up for the season opener against FC Platinum.


The electricians, who lost 2-0 to Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium at the weekend, forfeited the match against reigning champions FC Platinum on a 3-0 scoreline and were also fined $1 250 as fine for failing to travel to Harare.

ZPC Kariba coach Godfrey Tamirepi said:

“I would not like to dwell much on that issue who knows maybe we were going to win or lose so I don’t have much to say on that issue.

“I don’t work on assumptions but if they have been awarded three points that is FC Platinum there for you and I cannot actually comment about that.”

On Saturday, ZPC strikers failed to penetrate the Black Rhinos defence.

“We had a very bad start in the first half when we allowed the Rhinos guys to be in control of the game and we would also lose the ball cheaply when in possession.

“When we went back on half time I tried to put in a second striker in a bid to put pressure on the Rhinos defence but it actually did not work out.

“Technically this was our first match and losing was not part of the plan but all the same we were a bit out so credit to Rhinos for winning the game.”

Tamirepi is, however, confident his charges will bounce back.

“Obviously we will not panic; it is the first games of the season so we will work on our mistakes like working on letting the opposition dictate the pace of the game and losing possession cheaply.

“The guys have what it takes so it is a matter of highlighting the mistakes and working on how not to repeat them again,” said Tamirepi.



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