Chicken Inn . . . (1) 2
Bantu Rovers. . (1) 1
BANTU Rovers’ chances of surviving the chop from the Premier Soccer League suffered yet another dent when they lost to Chicken Inn at Hartsfield Rugby Ground yesterday.
Lenience Mpofu scored probably one of the fastest goals this season when he punished his former paymasters as early as 47 seconds into the match.
Chicken Inn equalised through Danny “Deco” Phiri in the 37th minute before George Majika grabbed the second for the GameCocks six minutes after the break.
Bantu Rovers are still rooted second from the bottom of the log table with 17 points from 23 games while Chicken Inn moved from position seven to six with 33 points from the same number of games following FC Platinum’s goalless draw with Dynamos at Mandava.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas praised his players for the win after they had conceded an early goal.
“We conceded a very early goal. One of the fastest goals we have conceded. The boys did some good work by getting the victory. We did not panic, we regrouped after the first goal and that helped us. I am happy that Majika scored to show his capabilities. We have seven games to go. We hope to finish the season strongly,” he said.
Bantu Rovers “associate” coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu said despite the loss they can survive relegation.
In Chiredzi, Kenneth Nyangani reports that 10-men Chiredzi FC produced a spirited second-half performance that saw them dispatching Shabanie Mine 1-0 in a Premier Soccer League match at Chishamiso yesterday.
Forward Tatenda Kanyemba scored the all-important goal with 12 minutes to go.
The match had started 20 minutes late as there was no security personnel.
In spite of gaining three points, Chiredzi remain at the basement of the log while Shabanie Mine also remained unmoved at third position from the bottom.