Chicken Inn grill Chapungu

A FIRST half brace by Innocent Mucheneka condemned Chapungu into the relegation zone as Chicken Inn beat the airmen in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Luveve Stadium yesterday.


Mucheneka easily tapped in after Chapungu goalkeeper Talbert Shumba spilled from a Nicholas Muchadeyi shot in the 33rd minute.

The Gamecocks’ midfielder then powered a curler five minutes later to beat Shumba once again to claim the victory for the hosts.

That win took Chicken Inn to 53 points, still piling pressure on the two platinum sides FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum Stars who are leading the pack with six games to go to the end of the season.

Coach Joey Antipas was excited with the win but ruled out fighting for the title.

“It was good to collect maximum points. Our chances in the title matrix are like having winter in summer or summer in winter. We can forget about the championship,” Antipas said.

Chapungu came back strong in the second half with midfielder Edmore Muzanenhamo troubling Chicken Inn, but they could not get the desired goals with veteran Philip Marufu’s header off a corner kick hitting the upright with goalkeeper Pride Zendera a beaten man.

The airmen remain on 30 points as they head back home for a clash at the weekend with Shabanie Mine who look doomed.

Their coach Rodwell Dhlakama believes they will survive relegation.

“It was a difficult game. The boys looked fatigued after playing a high intensity game against FC Platinum, but we still have belief that we can salvage something. This is just our second defeat in the second half of the season,” Dhlakama said.

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