Tri­an­gle, Chicken Inn share spoils

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Os­car Rusenga in Tri­an­gle

Tri­an­gle FC 1-1 Chicken Inn CHICKEN Inn and Tri­an­gle played to a draw in a con­tro­ver­sial Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship soc­cer match at Gibbo yes­ter­day af­ter the two sides met for the sec­ond time in seven days at the same venue. Ch i c k e n Inn felt hard done by Bikita- based ref­eree Makonese Masakadza who awarded the hosts a life­line when he pointed to the spot for Tri­an­gle for their equaliser in the sec­ond half. Play was stopped for more than seven min­utes as the vis­i­tors protested against the ref­eree’s de­ci­sion but Mar­vel­lous Mukumba, who won the penalty for the home side, hit the roof of the net as he lev­elled the scores in the 67th minute. “I think the ref­eree de­cided the out­come of the game, that wasn’t a penalty to be quite frank. I’ve never com­plained about officiating be­fore, the guy (Mukumba) just jumped in­side the box and the ref­eree ac­tu­ally de­cided the game for Tri­an­gle,” said Chicken Inn’s coach Rah­man Gumbo af­ter the match. Both coaches made two changes to the teams that faced off in the Chibuku Su­per Cup last Sun­day.

Tri­an­gle head coach David Mandig­ora made two forced changes from the side that beat Chicken Inn 1-0 at the same venue last Sun­day, re­plac­ing in­jured Simba Makoni and sus­pended Der­win Phiri with Courage De­nias and Tendai Huwa.

Gumbo, who showed frus­tra­tion at Oba­diah Tarumbwa af­ter he missed a clear cut chance in last Sun­day’s match, dropped the vet­eran striker and re­placed him with Tafadzwa Kutinyu.

Pride Tafirenyika also took Physwell Mad­hazi’s place in the start­ing 11.

Tri­an­gle cre­ated bet­ter chances in the open­ing ex­changes but they were pun­ished for wast­ing their op­por­tu­ni­ties in the 9th minute.

Ge­orge Ma­jika opened the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors with a thun­der­bolt from close-range af­ter a neat cross from Di­vine Lunga.

The first-half ended with the hosts trail­ing by a goal with man-of-the-match Cle­mence Matawu dic­tat­ing pace for the vis­i­tors in the mid­dle of the park.

Mandig­ora then in­tro­duced cap­tain Nhamo Lameck for Huwa in the 51st minute while his op­po­site num­ber Gumbo re­placed Tafirenyika with Brian Juru at the in­ter­val.

Lameck could have won it for the hosts deep in­side ref­eree’s op­tional time but he opted for power in­stead of a sim­ple chip when he was well placed to score af­ter round­ing Chicken Inn de­fend­ers.

Mandig­ora thought his side had bet­ter chances of win­ning the game but ad­mit­ted that a point against Chicken Inn was not a bad re­sult.

“To­day we de­served to win, we cre­ated quite a num­ber of chances but we were just un­lucky. Get­ting one point is bet­ter than los­ing all three and we must now work on our fin­ish­ing,” said Mandig­ora

Rah­man Gumbo David Mandig­ora

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