FC PLATINUM . . . . . . 0
CHICKEN INN . . . .(0) 1
A CLEMENCE Matawu 81st minute goal ensured Chicken Inn’s passage to the semi-finals of the One Wallet Cup as the Bulawayo side beat FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium yesterday.
Referee Nkosana Nduna had a busy day as he dished out seven yellow cards between both sides.
Chicken Inn have been blowing hot and cold in the Premier League, but that aside, Matawu showed brilliance controlling the midfield throughout the afternoon.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas was ecstatic after the win.
“I am happy that we are through to the next round. I thought we deserved it,” he said.
“The guys put up a good show. The boys played according to plan.
“Our plan was to suffocate the midfield, get men behind the ball, let them play in their half and the moment they come into our half, we just close them down and hit them on the break.
“It is good to be in the semi-finals, but we will take each game as it comes. The team that wants it the most will win it.
“Clemence [Matawu] is the a performer. He is the type of player you can always count on.”
Under pressure FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was naturally a disappointed man after the match.
“We were not creative today [yesterday]. We were second on the ball and we gave them room to play. Marshall [Mudehwe] didn’t have a good game today [yesterday] hence we pulled him back. We wanted to try Walter [Musona], but we probably failed to click as a team. We never created chances and if you cannot create, you cannot score,” he said.
The match did not produce much until the 81st minute when George Majika raced towards goal from the left side and spotted Ishmael Lawe on the edge of the box. Lawe laid the ball to Matawu whose first time shot beat Petros Mhari in goal for FC Platinum.