Byo City woes per­sist

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Bu­l­awayo City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(0) 1 Chicken Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1) 2 CHICKEN Inn did not give Bu­l­awayo City any respite in their rel­e­ga­tion fight beat­ing their city neigh­bours in a luke­warm Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League played at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Amakhosi suc­cumbed to two goals on ei­ther side of the break from Ni­cole Mu­tatiwa and Dar­ryl Nyan­doro while they got their face­saver from Toto Banda.

City re­main rooted at the bot­tom of the log with 15 points and now look cer­tain to go back to Di­vi­sion One at the end of the sea­son, although coach, Bekithemba Ndlovu put on a brave face say­ing there is still a chance to sur­vive.

Chicken Inn scored their opener in the 18th minute when In­no­cent Much­eneka re­leased a pow­er­ful shot, 23 me­tres from goal, which was punched away by City’s goal­keeper, Kelvin Ny­oni onto the path of an ad­vanc­ing Mu­tatiwa who net­ted in his first goal for the Game­cocks.

Sub­sti­tutes, Welling­ton Ka­mud­yariwa and Dar­ryl Nyan­doro com­bined for Chicken Inn’s sec­ond goal, five min­utes from full-time, with the for­mer tak­ing a cor­ner kick that the lat­ter headed it in, to en­sure the Game­cocks re­turn to win­ning ways af­ter falling to Caps United dur­ing a mid­week en­counter.

Ti­mothy Jan­uary won pos­ses­sion just out­side the cen­tre cir­cle be­fore ex­chang­ing passes with Banda, who drew one back for City with three min­utes into added time.

City last col­lected a point when they drew with Harare City on 14 Au­gust and been on a los­ing spree for the past eight games.

Su­per, as Ndlovu is fondly known in foot­ball cir­cles, was how­ever, up­beat say­ing his team played well but lacked the fi­nal touch but added the con­tin­ued losses were a real con­cern.

“It was a good game for the spec­ta­tors who came to watch be­cause I think both sides played well but un­for­tu­nately we lost de­spite bring­ing in a lot of ef­fort. I am happy we man­aged to scored al­beit for a los­ing cause as we have been strug­gling to find the back of the nets.

“We are ob­vi­ously wor­ried about the losses con­sid­er­ing the games are get­ting fewer and fewer but we still be­lieve we are in the PSL and we will take the fight to game 34,” he said.

Chicken Inn gaffer, Joey An­tipas was de­lighted with the win com­ing back on the de­feat against Caps.

He said it was im­por­tant to quickly bounce back af­ter the mid­week de­feat and boost their con­fi­dence go­ing ahead.

“The win brings back the much needed con­fi­dence as we fight on in the re­main­ing seven games, we will try to col­lect max­i­mum points from each game and see what hap­pens at the end of the sea­son,” he said.

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