Chicken Inn keep mo­men­tum

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Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 1 Hwange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 0 FORMER cham­pi­ons, Chicken Inn con­tin­ued with their fine run in the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League as they edged Hwange at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Skip­per Moses Jack­son once again rose to the oc­ca­sion to give the Game­cocks the soli­tary goal that en­sured they main­tain their po­si­tion on top of the log. It was the Rah­man Gumbo Chicken Inn’s sixth vic­tory in eight matches high­light­ing the Innscor-spon­sored side’s ti­tle cre­den­tials.

Jack­son struck in the 36th minute with a header off an Oba­diah Tarumbwa cor­ner kick to earn Chicken Inn max­i­mum points for the sec­ond game in a row af­ter he scored in sim­i­lar fash­ion against Black Rhi­nos.

Fel­low de­fender Ben Nyahun­zwi could have made it two in two min­utes from the break when he struck from out­side the box and beat Hwange goal­keeper, Tai­mon Mvula but Shep­herd Gadzikwa blocked the ball on the goal line.

Hwange came back from the break with more de­ter­mi­na­tion but Jus­tine Kaunda missed two glo­ri­ous chances in the 55th and 77th minute, on both oc­ca­sion be­ing de­nied by Chicken Inn shot stop­per, Elvis Chipezeze.

Chicken Inn cre­ated nu­mer­ous chances off their own but Mvula was at his best to deny Tarumb­wawa and In­no­cent Much­eneka’s at­tempts at his goal.

Game­cocks goal­keep­ers coach, Julius Ndlovu at­trib­uted their fine run to the de­fence whichch has man­aged to shut out ma­raud­ing op­po­nents. Chick­en­hicken Inn vice-cap­tain, Much­eneka, who has had a mar­vel­lousvel­lous sea­son, said they are now fo­cused on main­tain­ingng the top spot.

“We are fo­cused on main­tain­ing our po­si­tionn now that we are on top. We know what we want to achievechieve and we have to be con­sis­tent and keep on win­ningng like we have been grind­ing the re­sults even the dif­fi­cult if­fi­cult games we have been com­ing out with 1-0 wins,” he said.

Hwange head coach, Big­boy Mawiwi blamed ed the fail­ure to clear the cor­ner kick that led to the goal oal but felt on the whole they played well.

“We lost it in the first half but played well in the sec­ond half and I was happy with the per­for­mance. ce. We were un­lucky not to go away with a point but we will re­group and fo­cus on the next as­sign­ment,” he said.aid.

Teams Chicken Inn: E Chipezeze, P Bernard, D Lunga, M Jack­son, son, B Nyahun­zwi, C Matawu (Juru 82 mins), O Tarumbwa (Lawe awe 88 mins), C Sa­mak­w­eri, D Nyan­doro (Kad­yaridzire 60 mins), I Much­eneka, T Gore­dema Hwange: T Mvula, C Dick­son, G Ndlovu, O Moyo, A Chuma, C Mu­leya (Meleka, 72 mins), S Gadzikwa, N Zi­wini, J Kaunda, C Mu­vuti, N Chiny­erere (Mate 68 mins)

Moses Jack­son

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