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CHICKEN Inn skipper Moses Jackson was on target once again with another header for the GameCocks as they maintained their top spot on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log-standings with a hard-fought victory over Hwange at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Jackson rose above the Hwange defenders to beat goalkeeper Taimon Mvula from an Obadiah Tarumbwa corner-kick from the left nine minutes before the break, to keep Chicken Inn’s hopes of clinching their second premiership title alive.
The GameCocks could have doubled the lead in the 42nd minute, but defender Ben Nyahunzvi had his shot from inside the penalty box cleared off the line by Shepard Gadzikwa.
Chicken Inn lead the pack with 48 points from 23 games.
Midfielder Innocent Mucheneka, who has been a revelation at Chicken Inn after being signed from Hwange at the start of the season, said he was confident that his side has what it takes to win the championship.
“We know what we want to achieve; so, we just maintain the top position by playing well and winning even the hardest games. That is all that we will target, winning all of our games,” Mucheneka said.
Hwange could have snatched an equaliser in the second half, but Justine Kaunda was twice denied by goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze in the 55th and 77th minute.
Although his side sits precariously on position 16 on the log-table, with 20 points from 21 matches, Hwange coach Bigboy Mawiwi believes the coal miners will survive relegation.
“We are very positive and we are not going to be relegated. Today [yesterday], we fought hard, especially in the second half. We lost it in the first half where we failed to track down their players and conceded a soft goal from a corner-kick, but I am happy with the progress that is there. We were unlucky not to get something. Maybe a draw would have been fair,” Mawiwi said.
Chicken Inn: E Chipezeze, P Bernard, D Lunga, M Jackson, B Nyahunzvi, C Matawu (B Juru 82’), O Tarumbwa (I Lawe 88’), C Samakweri, D Nyandoro (T Kadyaridzire 60’), I Mucheneka, T Goredema
Hwange: T Mvula, C Dickson, G Ndlovu, O Moyo, A Chuma, C Muleya (E Meleka 72’), S Gadzikwa, N Ziwini, J Kaunda, C Muvuti, N Chinyerere (T Mate 68’)