'This one is for Adamski'

HARARE - Chicken Inn have dedicated their NetOne Charity Shield victory to late coach Adam Ndlovu after beating CAPS United 3-2 in the final at Mandava Stadium on Sunday.

Ndlovu passed away in a car crash in Victoria Falls in December after guiding the Bulawayo side to third place in the Castle Premiership – their best finish since promotion in 2011.    

Current coach Mandla Mpofu, who was Ndlovu’s understudy at the time of his death, paid tribute the former Warriors striker for assembling the bulk of the Gamecocks’ squad.

"The players have been together for long and you could tell by the way they knocked the ball around, especially in the first half where we dominated both Monomotapa and CAPS United in the semi-final and final," Mpofu said.

"Despite winning this Charity Shield, we were using the games to gauge our strength ahead of the season and I believe that we have the right arsenal to challenge for honours.

"The two games showed our pedigree, I benched Kuda Mahachi and brought in Marshal Marima and the depth was seen with what he did, scoring two goals. So you can see that the players are hungry for glory and I'm happy with their attitude."

Chicken Inn charmed a lot of neutrals during the Charity Shield in Zvishavane with their passing and direct play throughout the weekend.

The Gamecocks booked their place in Sunday’s final after dispatching pre-tournament favourites Monomotapa 2-1 in the semi-final.

In the final, they dominated CAPS for 75 minutes and it did not come as a surprise when they raced to a 3-0 lead.

A bit of complacency then crept into the Gamecocks players’ minds and they allowed United to score two goals to ensure a nerve wrecking final 10 minutes for the Bulawayo side.

Chicken Inn captain and defender Felix Chindungwe, who deservedly won the man-of-the-tournament award, was able to regroup his charges as they held on to win their first piece of silverware in the top-flight.

CAPS United coach Brenna Msiska said although he was not saddened by the loss in the final, he still needs to work on his defence.

The centre-back pairing of Blessing Zabula and Arnold Chivheya was constantly being caught square, especially in the final as they failed to deal with the Chicken Inn raids.

New goalkeeper Winston Chiwetu also looked like a bundle of nerves every time the Gamecocks were in attack.

"We need to buy at least one or two central defenders because in our defence we have ball markers not ball players,” Msiska said.

“It will be difficult for the defence to play out the ball when we are up against an opponent like Chicken Inn, who cherishes the ball."

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