CHICKEN Inn finally ended their two-match winless streak after getting the better of visiting Herentals in an incident-filled Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
CHICKEN INN… (2) 2
Innocent Mucheneka opened the scoring with a powerful header from a Passmore Bernard cross in the fourth minute before veteran Obadiah Tarumbwa secured all three points with a neat finish after being sent through by Darryl Nyandoro in the 16th minute.
The entertaining match was spoiled by some questionable decisions by referee Jimmy Makwanda in the second half after he turned a blind eye on a crude challenge by Herentals striker Tinotenda Benza on goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze in the 57th minute.
Benza walked away scot-free without even a caution from Makwanda.
Chipezeze, as if in retaliation, hacked down Benza inside the penalty box three minutes later in what appeared a clear penalty, which call was ignored by Makwanda.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas was happy with the victory, but had no kind words for his counterpart Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva.
“The main thing was to get over the line coming from the two defeats, but we played against a very physical side and my advice to the Herentals coach is he should teach his boys how to play football and not just kick,” Antipas said.
Mutiwekuziva said they were denied a penalty and Chipezeze should have been sent off.
“It was a very difficult match for us today. We conceded early goals that unsettled us. Chipezeze impeded our striker and I believe that was supposed to be a penalty and a send-off for the goalkeeper. We failed to convert that penalty that we got. It was not a good day for us,” Mutiwekuziva said.
Chicken Inn: E Chipezeze (P Zendera 71′), P Bernard, X Moyo, G Goddard, M Jackson, S Munawa, G Majika, C Matawu (K Gurure 46′), O Tarumbwa (O Chirinda 66′), D Nyandoro, I Mucheneka
Herentals: F Kuchineyi, B Maunganidze, C Mavhurume, P Chota, W Chimbetu, A Chiwandamidzi (J Mutudza 50′), I Benza (B Majarira 50′), E Mhungu (B Majarira 70′), H Chikosa, W Kapumha, T Benza