Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . .(1) 1
Black Mambas . . . . . . . (1) 2
Ten-man Black Mambas eased their relegation worries after securing a precious 2-1 away win over Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Luveve Stadium on Sunday.
The police side finished the match a man down after Tendai Chinungo was given marching orders by referee Bryton Malandule in the 64th minute for a dangerous tackle on Chicken Inn’s Morris Kadzola.
Black Mambas were the first to settle in the match from the outset and were rewarded through strikers Sebastian Mutizirwa and Peter Kachirika to collect the vital three points away from home.
Evans Chikwaikwai briefly equalised for the home side, but his goal ended up only being a face-saver as the visitors went on to score the winner. Black Mambas coach John “Toto” Ncube was happy with the result although he conceded that they are not yet safe from relegation.
“We have youngsters whom we got from Division Two and they have been playing together since the second half of the season. They are now gelling up. We are not yet safe from relegation. We still need to work extra hard in our remaining games,” he said.
Chicken Inn Coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube said: “We gave away two very stupid goals. The level of concentration was very bad. We were let down by two senior players Hebert Dick and Skhumbuzo Banda.”
Zimbabwe youth international Abbas Amidu gave Chicken Inn a torrid time each time he had the ball and combined well with his captain Convenience Hungwe.
Black Mambas grabbed the lead in the 17th minute when Mutizirwa headed home past Liberty Chirava in goal for Chicken Inn from an Amidu corner kick.
Chikwaikwai scored the equaliser after he was left unmarked in the box and his shot beat Learnmore Jere all systems out in the 30th minute.
Despite being a man down Black Mambas were the better team on the day as they made more raids into Chicken Inn’s half.
In the 74th minute Black Mambas got their second goal after a counter-attack. Kachirika outpaced Dick and fired in an unstoppable a shot that saw Jere picking up the ball from the back of the nets for the second time.