By Sports Report
Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
ZPC Kariba . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
CHICKEN INN Football Club shot to the top of the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League with a comfortable win over ZPC Kariba at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayon yesterday.
Though in the end it looked comfortable, the first half was not an easy one for the home team as the visitors produced a solid performance restricting Chicken Inn raids and only allowing a flashing header from Brian Muza that went wide.
ZPC remained solid in the second half until a beautiful corner kick by left back Xolani Ndlovu was met with a powerful header by captain Moses Jackson that beat outstanding goalkeeper Arnold Munkuli, who is the son of former Hwange and Caps United goalkeeper Witness Munkuli with the second half 15 minutes old.
Ten minutes later the GameCocks ensured that they secure maximum points when Muza received a long ball from the back, shrugged off a couple of challenges, got into the box and released a grounder that beat Munkuli for his fiffth goal of the season in six matches. Muza has scored in his last five matches.
ZPC improved their game with the introduction of Vassilu Kawe and Samuel Makawa as well as Newman Sianchali. The substitutes combined in injury time with Kawe releasing Sianchali on the left who delivered a cross for Makawa, who came with a powerful header that was pushed out by Donovan Bernard, Chicken Inn goalkeeper.
ZPC Kariba players were confident the ball had crossed the line but first assistant referee Brighton Nyika kept his flag down as Bernard finished the match with another clean sheet.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas was happy at the end of the match.
“Another solid performance from us, they made it difficult for us in the first half, but we were better in the second half and got the two goals, Donovan kept a clean sheet with that save and we got the win,” he said.
His counterpart Godfrey Tamirepi said they were work in progress.
“We had a good first half in which we restricted them, we failed to cut a corner and they scored the first goal and allowed a long ball for their second, this, however, work in progress and we hope to get it right,” he said.
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