But it was the horror show by one of their most senior and experienced players which dearly cost them dearly.
Gift Bello is usually the epitome of brilliance for FC Platinum but he showed a bit of jittery and a lack of creative imagination.
Firstly he badly implemented an offside trap which led to an ASC Jaraaf goal. Bello mistimed the crucial pass and drove backwards leaving his man unmarked.
It resulted in an easy tap in goal. According to the offside rule, an offside is judged the moment the ball leaves the opponents feet. Not when the ball is in motion. Bello left it late for the ball to be in motion before he could forge a trap.
His second mistake can be attributed to sheer bad luck. At the stroke of full time, FC Platinum were presented with an opportunity to draw level.
After returning striker Donald Ngoma had left the ASC Jaraaf goalkeeper for dead, all Bello had to do was to tap in the ball. But he scuried his effort onto the post.
He chose to use his right foot when he could have used even his knee or stomach or even head.
Even match seasoned ZBC match analyst Charles Mabika was left in awe and in near tears as he countinously said: "Mpfana wangu uyu amana (this boy of mine),"
This horror show now leaves FC Platinum on the verge of elimination as they now have to win 2-0 in Senegal if they are to progress to the group stages.
One thing performance analysts can learn from Bello's two mistakes is that football is becoming more of a mental game were ones intellect can make or break a team.
Bello and coach Norman Mapeza once had a public fall out after the latter slapped him for being drunk. They have since buried their hatchet.
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