Two in two for Gamecocks

Chicken Inn.........................(1) 2
Bulawayo City.....................(0) 1

BULAWAYO – Chicken Inn picked up their second win on the trot when they beat struggling Bulawayo City in a Castle Lager Premiership match on Saturday.

The Gamecocks, who beat CAPS United 0-1 in their last outing in midweek, got their goals from George Majika and Obadiah Tarumbwa while Nhlanhla Ndlovu got the consolation for Amakhosi.

With the win, Chicken Inn cemented their third place on the log with 19 points from 10 games while City remain in the relegation zone with seven points only in 16th place.

After the game, Gamecocks coach Joey Antipas said: “It is pleasing to pick up six points in two games. It’s good to get a win in a derby. Derbies are tricky and anything can happen, we welcome the win. We played some good football and we had a couple of chances that we couldn’t bury.

“Good performance up until the last minute, when we gave away a goal. We were under pressure but I think it was self-inflicted pressure. All in all, I am happy with the three points.’

Interim Bulawayo City coach Bhekithemba Ndlovu thought his team lost it in the first half.

“It was a good match, both teams wanted to win. First half, we started slow and Chicken Inn controlled the match. We were chasing shadows and we were not pressing them. They enjoyed the first half,” he said.

“In the second half, we tried to play on the front foot and using our speed upfront. It worked in the second half and we got a goal. I can say we were better in the second half than in the first.”

Majika opened the scoring for the home side when defender Divine Lunga dispossessed Ishmael Wadi inside the City half.

Lunga picked up Majika with a through ball and the midfielder beat Amakhosi goalkeeper Takudzwa Ndoro with a shot from the edge of the box.

Tarumbwa increased the Gamecocks’s lead four minutes after the break when he unleashed a powerful volley after City had failed to clear their lines.

With a two-goal lead, Chicken Inn allowed Amakhosi to come back in the game.

Substitute Nhlanhla Ndlovu reduced the arrears for City 10 minutes before full time when he tapped in the ball home after a good team move involving substitutes Clive Rupiya and Toto Banda.

Banda almost salvaged a point for Amakhosi two minutes before full time when his long range shot was cleared off the line by Gamecocks goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.

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