Chicken Inn . . . . . . (1) 1
How Mine . . . . . . . .(0) 2
HOW MINE came from a goal down to beat Chicken Inn in a lacklustre Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday.
Chicken Inn found the target first through the boot of national team striker Tendai Ndoro in the 24th minute. This brought Ndoro’s goal tally to 12 this season.
How Mine came back in the second half a rejuvenated side with Timothy January getting the equaliser in the 70th minute before Menard Mupera converted a penalty in the 81st minute.
Chicken Inn remained on fifth position on the log with 31 points, while How Mine moved to position seven with 27 points.
How Mine interim coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube, who will be at the helm of the club until the end of the season following the departure of Philani Mabhena, was ecstatic after beating his former paymasters.
“It was a game of two halves and we went in there as underdogs. We conceded a silly goal. We managed to regroup in the second half and we put our acts together. We capitalised on their weaknesses because I know that Guide Goddard and Felix Chindungwe are not good in dealing with crosses and Njabulo Nyoni does not come out of his goal line.
“We had to change our tactics because Simba Sithole went for trials in South Africa. What I want from the team now is consistency because we need to pick up about seven points from our remaining games,” he said.
Chicken Inn coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu was disappointed after the team failed to hold on to their lead.
“Derbies are very tough. The long lay off contributed to the result because we looked tired in the second half. It is back to the drawing board for us. I am not the right person to talk about the referee, but maybe we should revisit the football rules. I was not impressed with our performance in the second half, but we are not going to sit on our laurels,” he said.
The two teams missed chances as How Mine could have gone a goal up in the 15th minute when Warren Dube got the better of Warriors defender Chindungwe, but his cross was skied by Sizalobuhle Dube.
Chicken Inn got their solitary goal nine minutes later when Ndoro capitalised on Mine relapse and tapped the ball home after How Mine goalkeeper Notice Dube spilled a Brian Mbiriri free-kick.
The first half had both teams fluffing chances that came their way.
January grabbed the crucial equaliser, heading past Chicken Inn goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni from an Eddy Nkulungo cross in the 70th minute.
Danny Phiri turned villain for Chicken Inn after he handled inside the box, resulting in referee Hardley Ndazi pointing to the spot in the 81st minute.
Mupera converted the penalty, sending Nyoni the wrong way. Chicken Inn had two goals disallowed for offside.