Ngezi beat Chicken Inn
Ngezi Platinum 2-1 Chicken Inn THE good times are certainly rolling at Ngezi Platinum.
Tonderai Ndiraya’s men continued with their purple patch when they overcame champions Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Baobab yesterday.
Ngezi are yet to taste defeat since Ndiraya arrived to replace Klifton “Somalia’’ Kadurira and yesterday’s victory helped them move three places up into fifth place with 25 points.
The hosts got their goals through last year’s Northern Region Division One Soccer Star Donald Teguru in the seventh minute and seasoned striker Washington Pakamisa in the 74th minute.
George Majika had replied one for the Gamecocks off a free-kick before former Caps United and Dynamos striker Pakamisa sealed victory for the miners.
Ndiraya who has also boosted his team by bringing on board some of the experienced players he coached during his time at Dynamos, reckoned that their triumph over the champions was a sign of the progress that his side continues to make.
“It is a good feeling (to win) we were prepared for the match and we had come with an underdog tag but we managed to emerge with a positive result at the end.
“We are playing as a unit and the players now believe in themselves I could not imagine us beating Chicken Inn but the guys played so well. We relaxed a bit in the second half and they were all over us but we defended well and relied on counter attacks which worked well for us.
“I’m happy that the players adjusted to my philosophy so quickly and we will continue to work hard and we have not rushed to change the system which is good for the team.
“There is no big secret in our good run . . . the players just did not have self-belief coming from Division One but their confidence is growing with each passing game,” said Ndiraya.
Ngezi could however not immediately use some of their latest acquisitions including goalkeeper Chris Mverechena and defender Partson Jaure who are still waiting for their paperwork to be formalised.
Striker Kelvin Bulaji who arrived from Dynamos was on the bench while midfielder Walter Mukanga is nursing a groin injury.
Of the newboys only central defender Byron Madzokere made the team and Ndiraya was full of praise for the former Gunners, Dynamos and DStv Rangers man whose experience he reckoned will come in handy for Ngezi.