Chicken Inn . . . (2) 2
Shabanie Mine . . . 0
by Thandiwe Moyo
Two first half goals were enough to seal victory for Chicken Inn against Shabanie Mine in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Hartsfield Rugby Ground yesterday.
The GameCocks got their goals in the 37th and 44th minutes through captain Danny Phiri and Thabani Goredema respectively.
Chicken Inn move up one place on the standings to seventh position with 30 points while Shabanie remain rooted on 13th with 23 points.
Phiri, who scored their first goal in the 37th minute, was unmarked just outside the box after being set up by Mkhokheli Dube and released a grounder which beat a diving Victor Twaliki in goals for Shabanie Mine.
Goredema was next to register his name on the score sheet with a perfectly timed header after a brilliant exchange between Clemence Matawu and Brian Mbiriri who flighted a pin point cross.
Shabani Mine had to make an injury inspired substitution after left back Terrance Majo suffered a head injury and briefly lost consciousness. He had to be rushed to hospital.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas had lots of praises for his team.
“It was a good tactical performance. So far, so good. We have been picking points and it is good for the players and the club. We want to maintain our focus and build on our confidence as well. We are now more or less bonding as a team but there is still a lot of work that has to be done. We want to carry on this way and carry ourselves off the red area. Playing here [Hartsfield] for the first time was good,” said the gaffer.
Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri said his team performed better in the second half.
“We played better in the second half and with a bit of precision we could have scored. We conceded silly goals and had a number of injuries. This is a bad patch but with a bit of coordination we could play better. We are taking too many short cuts. About 12 of our players left and we had to start all over again and those are short cuts,” he said.