Chicken Inn prevail over Rhinos

BULAWAYO - Veteran midfielder Clemence Matawu scored a goal in each half to propel Chicken Inn to a welcome 2-1 win over visiting army side Black Rhinos in a Castle Premiership encounter at Luveve Stadium on Saturday.

The victory put an end to a three-match losing streak that the home side had suffered prior to yesterday’s game and their head coach Mandla Mpofu was clearly a relieved man after the match.

“We are happy with the three points that we collected today considering that we had gone for three days without picking up points,” Mpofu said.

“It is our hope that we will gain ground on the leading teams at the end of the weekend programme but the most important thing is that we managed to collect maximum points because we were under a lot of pressure to return to winning ways.”

Matawu got off the mark six minutes into the game when he coolly slotted home a defence splitting pass from Tonisani Sibelo.

The Rhinos defenders should shoulder the blame for the goal as the former Soccer Star of the Year was virtually unmarked when he latched onto Sibelo’s pass.

Rhinos immediately sought an immediate response and Lot Chiwunga wasted a glorious opportunity when he shot wide on nine minutes.

Philip Marufu then watched in disbelief as Chicken Inn keeper Njabulo Ncube parried his full bloodied effort for a corner kick as Rhinos searched for an equaliser

The visitors eventually drew level just before the half hour mark when the ageless forwards Phillip Marufu and Gilbert Mushangazhike combined to conjure up an equaliser for the army side.

Rhinos won a corner which Marufu took and Mushangazhike was on hand to head past a hapless Nyoni.

After the break Rhinos started playing like they were content with walking away with a point but their plan was foiled when Matawu headed home his second of the day off a long throw in by his former Motor Action teammate Charles Mutero on 74 minutes.

After the match, Rhinos head coach Arthur Tutani blamed his players for failing to play according to instruction.

“We did not play well and what I can say is that at times you are forced learn the hard way,” Tutani said.

“If you bark instructions and they are not followed you get beaten. For the second goal our goalkeeper got it wrong because he was supposed to collect the ball at its highest point or punch it forward.”

The veteran coach expressed confidence that his charges will survive relegation despite yesterday’s loss to Chicken Inn.

Teams:

Chicken Inn: Njabulo Nyoni, Thonisani Sibelo, Brian Mbiriri, Charles Mutero, Felix Chindungwe, Cabby Kamhapa, Cannan Nkomo (Evans Chikwaikawi 67 min), Kudakwashe Mahachi, Clemence Matawu, Tendai Mukambi (Mkhokheli Dube 88 min)and Lineance Mpofu (Moses Jackson 78 min).

Black Rhinos: Herbert Rusawo, Jameson Mukombwe, Milton Kurebwa, Blessing Sande, Brighton Chandisaita, Bruce Homora, Gilbert Mushangazhike (Brighton Mugoni 82 min), Philp Marufu, Lot Chiwunga, Brian Muzondiwa and Wonder Kapinda (Trust Machacha 82 min).

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