Chicken Inn beat Shabanie

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn eased their relegation worries when they made it three wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Shabanie Mine on Saturday.

With yesterday’s win, the Gamecocks moved into seventh place on the log with 30 points from 21 games and coach Joey Antipas was ecstatic with the results.

The home side achieved the victory courtesy of goals from midfielders Danny Phiri and Thabani Goredema. 

“The secret behind our success has been; good tactical discipline, good form, belief, confidence and team work. All this has been the secret behind our success,” said Anitpas.

The Gamecocks opened the scoring in the 37th minute through their captain Phiri, who received a pass from Mkhokheli Dube before letting go a scorcher from outside the ox that beat Shabanie goalie Victor Twaliki.

The home team were two goals to the good a minute before the break after some good work from Clemence Matawu and Brian Mbiriri, who combined to set up Goredema for the second goal.

Goredema obliged with a pin-point header after getting to the end of Mbiriri’s cross.

The second half had more goalmouth action with both teams playing a more expansive game.

Shabanie had themselves to blame for the loss as they got their chances in the second period but their strikers took turns to miss.

Chicken Inn came back into the game midway in the second half after the introduction Ismael Lawe, who was very forceful upfront.

He could have scored two goals when he came face to face with Twalika but twice the big goalkeeper denied him

After the game the Shabanie coach John Phiri blamed the exodus of the players for the team performance.

“We lost about 12 players and that is working against us. Financial resources at our institution are working against us as well. We are now grooming players for other teams and it is not doing us any good. There is no continuity in the team,” he said.

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