Castle Lager Premier Soccer League newcomers Chicken Inn stretched their lead by three points
after becoming the only team to win both their match in the Easter holiday fixtures.
Fellow newcomers FC Platinum did not play their two games the first scheduled for Good Friday against Shabanie Mine, following the suspicious death of their coach Benjamin Moyo, and the second against Gunners on Monday.
Moyo was buried at his rural home at Empandeni, Mangwe District, on Monday. Chicken Inn, under former coach of the year Philani Ncube, have sprung a surprise in the early stages of the season and are yet to lose a match in the opening five rounds.
Last Thursday, the fast foods outlet team travelled to Harare where they dismissed police side Black Mambas 1-0 at Morris Depot. On their return home on Sunday they were in a no-nonsense mood as they dispatched a confident Shooting Stars 4-1 at Luveve Stadium.
The Wild Boys were bubbling with determination after a 1-0 victory over league champions Motor Action only to find Chicken Inn flying their wings high.
Chicken Inn are now three points ahead of Caps United who are perched on 10 points with the same number of games with other debutants Blue Ribbon.
The Green Machine fumbled over the Easter holiday losing 2-0 Blue Ribbon last Thursday and sharing the spoils with Warumwa Warumwa with a 1-1 scoreline on Sunday.
Kingpin Thomas Chimenya and Canaan Nkomo were the men behind Chicken Inn’s holiday victories with the latter banging in two against Shooting Stars. Chimenya fired the winner against Black Mambas.
Chicken Inn spokesperson Tawengwa Hara said the message behind the early good performance was for the boys to keep focused.
“The message to the boys has been that they should keep focused and believe in themselves and continue to take each game as it comes. They should also know that they are playing in the Premiership. We as the executive and administrator will keep on giving them the support,” Hara said.
It was games galore over the Easter weekend as the Bulawayo giants Highlanders were victorious in the capital, beating former champions Gunners 2-1ion Good Friday and sharing the spoils in a goalless draw with Dynamos on Monday at Barbourfields Stadium.
Bosso, yet to beat Dynamos at Emagumeni since 2006, are now on position six on the logtable with two wins, two draws and a loss with eight points.
Zimbabwe Saints had a fair share of the Easter holiday gift as they drew 1-1 with Masvingo United at Luveve Stadium and went on to beat Blue Ribbon 1-0 at Barbourfields.
After sharing the spoils with Chikwata, Masvingo United beat Kiglon 3-1 at Mucheke Stadium on Monday. Hwange, who lost 2-1 to Masvingo two weeks back, played two draws, holding Dynamos 0-0 in Harare before a 2-2 stalemate with Monomotapa at the Colliery.
Shabanie Mine have been on the receiving end since the start of the season, failing to register a win and were hammered 3-0 by Motor Action in Harare on Monday.