ZPC stun Gamecocks

 

BULAWAYO – A solitary Tawanda Nyamandwe first half strike was all ZPC Kariba needed to end Chicken Inn’s eight-game unbeaten run while easing their relegation worries in a Castle Lager Premiership match on Sunday.

The home side struggled throughout the match and it was seemingly clear they missed the services of their key players Clemence Matawu and George Majika who are both carrying injuries while their captain Moses Jackson was suspended for accumulating three yellow cards.

The defeat dented any hopes for the Gamecocks to launch a serious title challenge.

A win for the home team would have seen them reduce the gap with second-placed Ngezi Platinum Stars, who suffered a surprise defeat to Mutare City yesterday.

Chicken Inn remain third on the log table with 44 points, seven behind Ngezi and 11 behind log leaders FC Platinum.

Antipas admitted after the match that his charges did not come to the party.

“It was a sad development but it is all part of the game, you win some you lose some. It’s disappointing we didn’t play our normal game. We missed key players, so we had to shuffle the side around. We were jus not in the game, the intensity was not there,” said Antipas.

His opposite number Godfrey Tamirepi was delighted with the win.

“I think Bulawayo has been a good hunting ground for us. We actually had a good start in this game though it was a bit difficult. We created chances that we could have actually buried. Playing the former champions the way we did today, I think we did our level best. The chance we got, we managed to get a goal and that was it,” said Tamirepi.

Nyamandwe broke the deadlock 31 minutes into the match when he kept his cool to slot home a Moses Demera through ball by chipping over an advancing goalkeeper Pride Zendera.