Chicken Inn's Antipas fumes at referee

Chicken Inn..................(0) 1
CAPS United................(2) 2

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas slammed the officiating by referee Nkosana Nduna following the defeat to CAPS United in a Castle Lager Premiership match yesterday.

Nduna awarded Makepekepe a contentious penalty five minutes into the match after defender Last Sithole fouled Wisdom Mutasa inside the box.

It looked like a fair challenge from Sithole which occurred outside the box but to the surprise of many, Nduna pointed to the spot.

Joel Ngodzo made no mistake from 12 yards out as he sent Chicken Inn goalkeeper Pride Zendera the wrong way to give United the lead.

Mutasa increased Makepekepe’s lead two minutes before the break while Innocent Mucheneka pulled one back for the home side in the second period.

With the defeat, the Gamecocks remained in third place on the log with 47 points from 26 matches while Makepekepe moved into fourth place with 42 points from 25 matches.

“... the penalty was never a penalty. I think the referee was a circus. I think the referees are killing the game, it’s not only here it’s all over; they are like a parasite,” Antipas said of Nduna’s performances yesterday. 

“If the referees improve their game, they take the game to another level and it improves the game. If you win you win, if you lose you lose but don’t cheat.”

Turning to the game itself, Antipas said: “It was a game of two halves; CAPS had the better of us in the first half and we were dominant in the second half. The second goal we conceded was a defensive error we could have avoided.

“Second half, we came back strong; .. we had enough chances to come out with a positive result. .”

On the other hand, CAPS coach Lloyd Chitembwe praised his charges for hanging on to secure the three points on the road.

“It was a balanced game. I was impressed with our first half performance, we were smart. What really impressed me was the application of the technical and tactical aspects.

“The boys were spot on in all elements of the game; the composure was perfect today.”

Makepekepe had a perfect start to the match when they were awarded the early contentious spot kick by Nduna.

From there on, United were all over the home side but could only increase their lead just before the break.

Makepekepe capitalised on a blunder by Chicken Inn defender Passmore Bernard when he lost possession to Tinotenda Chiunye inside the box.

Chiunye’s initial effort was blocked before he teed up Mutasa for an easy tap in from the rebound.

In the second half, Chicken Inn were a different side as they sought a way back into the match and eventually reduced the arrears in the 55th minute.

Mucheneka scored with a fine finish after he had been set up by Obriel Chirinda to give some hope to the home side.

The Gamecocks went on to create a number of good scoring chances but were wasteful in front of goal.

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