Gunners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . .(1) 1
Chicken Inn coach Adam Ndlovu had a winning start in his new role as head coach after his squad dismissed hapless Gunners in a Castle Lager Premiership match at an empty Lafarge Stadium yesterday.
Canaan Nkomo’s 34th minute strike ensured the Bulawayo outfit leapfrogged Caps United to position seven with 39 points, 16 points adrift of leaders FC Platinum.
Ndlovu who replaced his former boss Philani Ncube, who was fired after the team’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Black Mambas, was happy to have come out victorious on his debut as a head coach of a Premiership team.
“This victory means a lot to me because this is my first game in charge. I am happy to have recorded the victory and all I did was to tell the boys to have self belief.
“This is a good start. However, there are a number of aspects of the team’s play that need to be worked on, especially the midfield. My mind is now on the remaining matches,” he said.
His opposite number Moses Chunga described his charges’ performance as the worst since he took over the club as head coach.
“This was the team’s worst performance since I took over. We did not even manage to string two passes. It is just one of those days were everything did not go well for us.
“Maybe the boys have been overawed with their previous performances which had been fantastic. People expected too much from them and I think that put the young boys under intense pressure,” he said.
Chunga had every reason to worry about his team’s performance for every department was pathetic, with the midfield virtually anonymous.
Even the usually reliable defence led by captain Pardon Chinungwa and Qadr Amini always looked suspect when Chicken Inn were in attack. Had it not been for the bluntness of Chicken Inn strikers Max Mavhuto and Thomas Chimenya, the scoreline could have been much bigger.