Chicken Inn . . . . (1) 1
Highlanders . . . . (1) 1
CHICKEN Inn and Highlanders played an exciting Castle Lager Premiership stalemate at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday, but lost ground on the log standings after reigning champions Dynamos leapt to the second spot after dismissing Buffaloes at Rufaro Stadium.
Highlanders and Chicken Inn square with Dynamos on 31 points have dropped to position three and four respectively three points behind log leaders Harare City, who dispatched Monomotapa 1-0 on Saturday at Rufaro Stadium.
Chicken Inn drew first blood through Kudakwashe Mahachi as early as the sixth minute after he powered a grounder past Bosso shot stopper Ariel Sibanda from the right after receiving a cross from his left back Brian Mbiriri.
Mahachi became yet another nightmare for Sibanda after he unleashed a thunderbolt on June 22 when Chicken got their first victory over Bosso since coming into top flight football.
But the skillful attacking ginger-haired asttacking midfielder’s goal was cancelled in the 24th minute by Bosso man of the moment Milton Ncube, who also packed a brilliant drive from inside the box from a solo run from the left wing after he was set-up by midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa.
Coaches from either side were impressed by yesterday’s performance.
Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu for Chicken Inn said it was going to be difficult beating Bosso after beating them in the reverse fixture last month.
“We cannot complain with the point that we got. It was always going to be very difficult after the three points that we got from the big club. We always caused trouble for Highlanders when we got upfront where we dominated play, but this was a pressure game. But that championship hopes are still high. We are in the right direction,” Mpofu said.
Albeit having gone for four matches without a win in the league, Bosso mentor Kelvin Kaindu believes the Bulawayo giants are slowly coming back into their game despite regretting wasted chances.
“We have managed to get a goal from home, but we are still mourning missed chances. We have to gain composure. The boys did quite well, but they must know that when we lose the ball we must defend,” Kaindu said.
Highlanders have not won in the last four matches, losing two times and playing two draws, with the last win on June 2, when they beat Hwange 0-1 at the Colliery.