CHIREDZI FC . . . . . . . . . (0)0
CHICKEN INN . . . . . . . . (1)1
KENNETH NYANGANI IN CHIREDZI
CHIREDZI FC’s survival hopes suffered yet another setback after they were beaten by a revived Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Chishamiso Stadium yesterday.
The home side were hoping to use their weekend triumph in the Chibuku Super Cup to buoy them but found themselves a goal down just after 26 minutes from a Lawrence Mhlanga header, and they never recovered.
Chiredzi, who are at the bottom of log standings with 11 points from 20 matches, are in serious danger of returning to Division One just after one season in the top flight.
Their next two fixtures are away to Hwange and Dynamos, games that they would be very lucky to come out with a point.
Chicken Inn, on the other hand, are on the rebound. After losing four straight matches in July, a run which had threatened their season, they have recovered to post seven points from a possible nine.
The Bulawayo side are back in the top eight with 27 points, four off Shabanie Mine who are occupying the relegation cut-off point.
In yesterday’s match, Chiredzi dominated early in the game and missed a couple of gilt-edged chances before Mhlanga punished them.
The defender headed home, capitalising on a defensive error by the home side.
Even their Chibuku Cup hero Tawanda Muyendi who scored a brace against Buffaloes in their 4-3 win at Sakubva Stadium could not repeat his exploits this time around and the closest he came to scoring was from a freekick, but the effort was smartly saved by Chicken Inn goalie Elvis Chipezeze.
Chiredzi again enjoyed more possession in the second half, but did very little with it to trouble Chipezeze whose only notable save in this half was when he tipped over Ronald Maketo’s freekick just after the hour mark.