Chicken Inn …(1) 1
Black Mambas ….0
Chicken Inn finally got it right after beating struggling Black Mambas in an exciting Castle Lager premiership match at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
Striker Tendai Ndoro easily placed the ball to the far right upright post in the 29th minute to beat Black Mambas goalkeeper Learnmore Jere from a Thabani Goredema cross for Chicken Inn to collect their first set of maximum points after going for three defeats on the trot.
Chicken Inn are now on 14 points from nine games and their tough assignment is the next game when they meet high-riding Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.
The hosts held on to that goal to the end as Black Mambas piled pressure with Sebastian Mutizirwa, Frank Banda, Nicholas Alifandika and Peter Kachirika on the hunt. Unfortunately, the goals were not coming for the Moses Chunga-coached police side.
Feeling the heat from the Black Mambas offensive, Chicken Inn head coach Adam Ndlovu replaced anchorman Guide Goddard with Walter Mukanga in the second half, but Warumwa Warumwa continued with their bombardment until referee Philani Ncube blew the final whistle.
Mukanga traded places with Danny “Deco” Phiri but the former had a casual approach to the game which did not help Chicken Inn.
Ndlovu was happy to collect maximum points but had reservations over his charges’ performance.
“I am happy we got three points, but when you substitute, you think that the replacement will make things different, but that was not to be. Anyway, it’s part of the game. We have been hard hit by suspensions and injuries, but I hope this win will motivate us as we head for Highlanders after having gone for three matches without a win,” Ndlovu said.
Chunga said the problem at Mambas has been getting goals and he was working on that area.
“Getting goals has always been our problem and we conceded a silly goal. The second half belonged to us but it means nothing when you do not get the goals that you want, but we are not giving up yet. The break will be a blessing in disguise for us to re-organise the team,” Chunga said.
Mambas remain with four points from nine matches after winning only once, drawing once and losing seven times.