Gamecocks gun down Buffaloes

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn cemented their position on top of the Castle Lager Premiership log with an emphatic 3-0 win over struggling army side Buffaloes here yesterday.

Three first half goals from Clemence Matawu, Tafadzwa Kutinyu and Edmore Chirambadare were enough to make sure the Gamecocks maintained their lead at the top.

Joey Antipas’ men now have 26 points from 12 games, five ahead of second place Dynamos, who play Triangle this afternoon in Harare.

Antipas was a happy man after the match.

“We had a very good first half. We played with intensity and high tempo. It was a good win and we are satisfied. We were comfortable with the ball throughout the match,” he said.

Buffaloes remain in 12th place with 12 points and their coach Joseph Takaringofa was not happy with the match officiating yesterday.

“I wish referees could be consistent in their officiating. I am not happy with the officiating that happened in the first half,” he said.

“We were denied a genuine penalty and he goes on to give a penalty against us, a penalty that never was.

“The penalty denial killed our momentum and it played big part in our loss. The officiating demoralised my boys and that made them give away goals,”

Veteran midfielder Matawu opened the scores as early as the eighth minute. Initially his header was blocked by Buffaloes goalkeeper Blessing Mwandimutsa but the visitors’ defenders failed to clear the danger.

Matawu capitalised and hit a shot on the rebound to beat the over exposed Mwandimutsa.

In the 27th minute, there was the talking point of the day when referee Mlindeli Ndebele denied Buffaloes what looked like a penalty.

Chicken Inn defender Ben Nyaunzvi brought down Lloyd Katongomara inside the box.

Katongomara had outpaced Nyaunzvi and dribbled past the advancing Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.

The incident happened inside the box but Ndebele awarded Buffaloes a free kick outside the box.

The referee also cautioned Nyahunzvi instead of a red card since he was the last man in defence and had denied Katongomara a clear goal scoring chance.

Kutinyu doubled the scores for the hosts in the 37th minute when he received a pass from Matawu before firing home.

Ndebele made another controversial decision five minutes from the break when he a penalty to the hosts after Chirambadare appeared to dive inside the box under challenge from Buffaloes defender Kudzanai Mangondo.

The country’s leading top goal scorer Chirambadare picked himself up to score the hosts’ third goal.

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