Gamecocks march on

MUTARE - Chicken Inn consolidated their position at the top of the Castle Lager Premiership log with a dominant 2-0 win over Buffaloes here yesterday.

Michelle Katsvairo and Thabani Goredema scored second half goals after Buffaloes’ early resistance to take the Bulawayo side to 40 points on the log after 19 matches.

With Triangle’s loss to Dynamos yesterday, the Gamecocks now have a five-point lead at the top of the log.

Gamecocks coach Joey Antipas said: “I thought in the first half we struggled with our game and played a lot of stray balls but we played better in the second half.”

And on the charge towards the title Antipas said: “There are a lot of teams in the running and we are one of them.”

Buffaloes coach Saul Chaminuka was disappointed with the officiating. Thabani Bamala was the centre referee assisted by Victor Kambadza and Wirimai Muroiwa with Arnold Ncube as the fourth official.

“Even the president of Zimbabwe does not have as much power as local referees,” he said.

“The cumulative effect of so many decisions being given against my players meant that they ended up giving up.

“After we conceded they crumbled. This is the reason teams end up conceding up to four goals. We are not really a bad team.”

The 55th minute close range strike by Katsvairo and Goredema’s 74th minute goal snuffed life out of an out-of-sorts Buffaloes that appeared dazzled by the gamecocks’ lovely interplay.

After dominating the first half, the visitors failed to break the plucky Buffaloes defence with Edmore Chirambadare, Bheki Ncube all coming close.

The pressure finally paid off 10 minutes after the break when Buffaloes keeper Hopeful Bere spilled a corner kick allowing Katsvairo to pounce and break the deadlock.

Goredema added the second, 16 minutes from time when he fired home after some good interchange of passes by the visitors left the Buffaloes defence in awe.

 

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