Elias Maguri was the toast of the day at Zimpeto Stadium as Platinum Play beat Mozambican champions Costa do Sol by 2 goals to 1.
The score line though does not do justice to the total dominance of the game by the Zimbabwean champions , especially in the middle of the park where coach Norman Mapeza threw in no nonsense hardmen, Tawana Chikore, debutant Brian Banda, goal scorer Ralph Kawondera and the general himself Kevin Madzongwe. Kawondera struck in the 70th minute with a firm header following a horseman job by Madzongwe.
Costa do Sol equalized at the end of regulation time and everyone in the Zimbabwean camp, was probably content with a draw but Elias Magura had other ideas.
In a moment of individual brilliance, right from the centre circle Magura spotted goalkeeper Isaq Gvambo off his line, turned to his left, perhaps to deceive the keeper and in a flash, let loose a volley. What a beauty it was!!
“It’s a great result, personally I would have been content with a draw but well the boys gave me a victory, we now look forward to the return leg,” said an excited Mapeza.