Ngezi beat Chicken Inn

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

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.

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