DeMbare lose opener

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn fired warning shots about their title ambitions this season after a solitary Obadiah Tarumbwa strike handed them a deserved victory over Harare giants Dynamos in their Castle Lager Premiership match opener here yesterday.

It was not the kind of start the Glamour Boys have wanted despite fielding some of their new signings in James Marufu, Raphael Manuvire and Jimmy Tigere who did little though as Chicken controlled larger parts of the match to seal maximum points.

DeMbare is one of the teams being tipped to fight for this year’s championship especially after finishing last season as the runners-up and yesterday’s result should surely work as a wake-up call for Lloyd Mutasa and his charges.

The Gamecocks were dominant especially in the first half as they created several scoring opportunities only to be let down by their forwards, who took turns to miss. Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas praised his charges for a job well done.

“It was important to hit the ground running. That was our main theme to try and start with a win which we did achieve,” Antipas said after the match.  

“Defensively we were quite sound even though we did make a few mistakes here and there.

“I would like to give credit to my team. We were not really sharp in attack, we still got to work hard in that area.”

Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa thought his team played well despite the loss and is confident of bouncing back in their next assignments.

“I would want to applaud my youngsters.

“Obviously its tough luck we lost but they put up a good show,” a dejected Mutasa said after the match.

“There are some certain moments in a game that you feel you are hard done and you lose the plot. Such is football; we regroup and think about the next game.”

The Glamour Boys were the first team to settle with their sleek passing game but did little to trouble the home side.

The Gamecocks slowly got back into the match and on 27 minutes, Innocent Muchaneka wasted a good scoring opportunity when he directed his header wide from a Divine Lunga inch-perfect cross from the left.

Two minutes later Gamecocks had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Nduna Nkosana after Dynamos defender Tigere seemed to have handled inside the penalty box off a Tarumbwa goal-bound header.

Chicken Inn kept on piling the pressure and with a bit of luck and precision could have at least got a goal before the break but their strikers were wasteful in front of goal.

There was little difference after the break as the Gamecocks continued from where they left.

On 51 minutes, there was no mistake from Tarumbwa this time when the former Highlanders striker controlled a George Majika cross before firing a low shot that beat Blessing Mwandimutsira, in goals for DeMbare.

Tarumbwa almost grabbed a brace four minutes later but directed his effort wide after a quick counter attack which involved Muchaneka and Clemence Matawu.

The Glamour Boys tried to come back into the game but found the Gamecocks’ defence unyielding.

Tawanda Macheka came close to equalising for DeMbare on 64 minutes only to be let down by poor decision-making inside the box.

Infact, Dynamos were lucky as Chicken Inn kept on pressing the visitors’ rearguard but failed to add to their tally.

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