Chicken Inn back to winning ways

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn rekindled their slim title hopes when they bounced back to winning ways after four matches when they beat Harare City2-1 in a Castle Lager Premiership match on Thursday.

The Gamecocks got their goals from defender Passmore Bernard and forward Obadiah Tarumbwa while the Sunshine Boys scored through Wilfred Muvirimi late on.

Chicken Inn remain in fourth place on the log with 55 points and now trail log leaders FC Platinum by four points with five games to go before the end of the season.

Having suffered three consecutive loses to Yadah FC, Highlanders and CAPS United before last Friday’s draw with Shabanie Mine, Chicken Inn coach Rahman Gumbo was happy to come back to winning ways.

“I think it was good to taste victory after some bad weekends,” Gumbo said after the match.

“I’m happy for the boys; they bounced back to winning ways. We are still in contention for the championship, which is very good. The victory was good for the team.”

Harare City are still firmly in the relegation zone with 34 points and are just three points from the drop zone.

Their coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube thought his team played badly yesterday and did not deserve to get anything from the match.

“One thing for sure is we didn’t come to the party. We only played in the last 10 minutes,” Ncube said.

“We conceded two soft goals. We were not good defensively but we created a couple of chances of which we were supposed to bury them. For us it’s back to the drawing board.”

The match had everything to play for, as Harare City wanted to run away from relegation while the Gamecocks wanted to catch up with the leading pack to enhance their chances of winning the title they won in 2015.

The Gamecocks opened the scoring 10 minutes before the half time break when Bernard received a short corner unmarked on the edge of the box before striking a shot that deflected off Edwin Madhananga to deceive goalkeeper Tatenda Munditi.

Chicken Inn had some other good opportunities to increase their lead but failed to find the target in the first half.

After the break, City were a more determined side but fell short in the attacking third where they looked clueless at crucial moments.

The home side scored their second goal nine minutes after halftime when Tarumbwa took advantage of the City defenders’ lapse in concentration to drill the ball past Munditi.

City kept on piling the pressure and they got their face saver through Muvirimi three minutes before full time.

With a bit of luck City could have found an equaliser in the dying stages of the match. They had two of their goal bound efforts cleared off the goal line by Divine Lunga and Moses Jackson respectively.

Teams

Chicken Inn: Pride Zendera, Passmore Bernard, Divine Lunga, Moses Jackson, Ben Nyahunzvi, Thabani Goredema, Clemence Matawu, Christopher Samakweri, George Majika (Ismael Lawe 81m), Darryl Nyandoro (Blessing Sibanda 52m), Obadiah Tarumbwa (Innocent Muchaneka 70m)

Harare City: Tatenda Munditi, Tendai Samanja, Hastings Chapusha, Martin Vengesai, Welcome Ndiweni (Pritchard Mpelele 50m), Raymond Uchena, Edwin Madhananga, William Manondo (Tinanshe Balakasi 80m), Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Wilfred Muvirimi, Protasho Kabwe (Learnmore Muyambo 58m).

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