BLACK RHINOS . . . . .0
CHICKEN INN . . . . .(1)1
BRIAN NKIWANE IN KADOMA
BLACK RHINOS coach Arthur Tutani was left clueless after his tactics were exposed by Chicken Inn as his side lost 1-0 at Rimuka Stadium yesterday in a Castle Premiership football match.
A solitary Clemence Matawu goal is all Chicken Inn needed to register their second win of the season.
The GameCocks were also handed a chance to increase their goal tally from the penalty spot, but skipper Danny Phiri had his effort saved by outstanding Rhinos goalkeeper Herbert Rusawo.
The match was marred by claims of juju in the early stages as Chipembere fans claimed to have spotted something which Chicken Inn goalkeeper Liberty Chirava had put at his goal area. Veteran Rhinos striker Phillip Marufu eventually picked up the so-called juju and threw it to the terraces.
Black Rhinos created a sea of clear scoring opportunities, but their strikers took turns to fluff them, with the miss of the day coming in the seventh minute when Martin Mine got to the end of a loose ball in the box, but directed his effort way off target.
Chicken Inn were rewarded for their resilience in the 35th minute when Matawu coolly nodded home a Passmore Bernard cross from the left which proved to be too powerful for the stretching Rusawo.
After the breather, Black Rhinos were awarded a free-kick just outside the box. Up stepped Trevor Ajana, who watched in disbelief as his blistering shot hit the cross bar before trickling out with Chirava beaten all systems out.
Chicken Inn substitute Ishmael Lawe was hacked down in the penalty box by Bruce Homora and referee Nomore Musundire pointed on the penalty spot. But Phiri could not believe his eyes as Rusawo stretched to the left to deny him.
Speaking after the match Tutani blamed his boys for failing to make use of the chances they created.
A happy Joey Antipas had this to say: “We have been under pressure to collect three points. I am happy we have finally remembered the formula for winning.”