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CAPS United fans run amok

Chicken Inn were on course to earn a victory after goals from Leniency Mpofu (57th minute) and second half substitute Evans Chikwaikwai in the 65th minute.

This was the second time the match  had been stopped as the fans had started showing signs of frustration by throwing missiles after having caused an earlier five-minute stoppage in protest over a second ball that had been thrown into the pitch.

United fans, whose side was starring defeat in new manager Sean Connor’s second competitive match in charge, were irked by referee Norman Matemerera’s decision to show David Rediyoni a yellow card after he pushed Chicken Inn player Mpofu after being sent off for a second yellow card.

Mpofu was walking at a snail pace towards the dressing room when Rediyoni pushed him in apparent disregard of the laws of the game,  and referee Matemerera had no option but to show him a yellow card.

The match also saw CAPS United fans venting their anger on assistant manager Lloyd Chitembwe, whom they accused of sabotaging the new manager, Connor.
Connor expressed his disappointed at the fans’ behaviour that resulted in the match being abandoned.

“Both goals were long balls into the box which were poorly defended. I am really disappointed by the fans though I understand their frustration. They should understand that this is a new team that we are trying to build,” he said.

Chicken Inn head coach Adam Ndlovu praised his charges for playing according to instructions.

“I instructed them to mark CAPS United players man for man and they did exactly that. I am happy with their performance,” he said.

United were their worst enemies in the game as their strikers took turns to miss golden opportunities, especially in the first half.

Pride Tafirenyika fluffed his side’s best chance in the 18th minute when he hesitated to shoot in the box allowing Chicken Inn goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni to recover.  Clive Kawinga, unmarked in the box, headed wide of goal six minutes later off a Asani Nhongo cross from the right.

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