Chicken Inn . . . (0) 1
Harare City . . . (1) 1
Harare City surrendered two points after playing beautiful football in the first half, and allowed the hosts Chicken Inn to come back and settle for a draw in the second half in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Luveve yesterday.
By Fortune Mbele
The Sunshine Boys leapt to second spot after grabbing just a point, and are now at par on 41 points with Dynamos who face struggling Monomotapa at Rufaro this afternoon.
That also leaves Highlanders chasing on 40 points with a chance to climb to the top as they take on Buffaloes at Sakubva Stadium today.
Nathan Ziwini scored a gem of a goal in the 21st minute to put the visitors ahead as they troubled Chicken Inn in the first half, but the hosts came back a rejuvenated side and levelled the score line in the 52nd minute through overlapping right-back Moses Jackson.
Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi believes the race is still wide open after the draw against Chicken Inn.
“We played very well but our conceding leaves a lot to be desired.
“When you give away a soft ball like that, you give your opposition the confidence. The race is still open but we were supposed to win this one,” Mawiwi said.
His counterpart at Chicken Inn Mandla Mpofu, believes they are still in the race for the championship with the GameCox having moved to the fifth spot with 36 points with seven games remaining.
“It’s two points lost but we are still competing. We played well in the first 15 minutes, but when we were scored our game went down. We were on top of the game in the second half but I believe fatigue could be the main reason for our play but that should not be an excuse. We still have 21 points to fight for and I think we are still within reach,” Mpofu said.
Leading scorer Tendai Ndoro, who returned from South African side Mpumalanga Black Aces on loan to Chicken Inn and only trained on Friday, could have killed off the game to bang in his 11th in added time, but he narrowly missed the right upright with City goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupangedengu a beaten man.