Triangle 1-2 Chicken Inn
How Mine 0-3 FC Platinum
WELL, if anybody thought unstoppable could be redefined, for Chicken Inn and FC Platinum it cannot be.
Facing one of the biggest tests of the season and playing away from, Chicken Inn rode their luck against Triangle at Gibbo on Wednesday to snatch all three points with two late second half goals.
Before the match, Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas had stated that his team is the one to beat and demanded consistency.
But they found themselves trailing 1-0 after just nine minutes when Hillary Bakacheza benefited from some porous midfield and poor marking to slot past Elvis Chipezeze.
Try as they did, there was no way for Antipas’ men until the breather.
Whatever Antipas said at halftime galvanised his men as they came out guns blazing, searching for the equaliser that would maintain their unbeaten streak. But missing creative and combative midfielder Danny Phiri through suspension, Chicken Inn still struggled.
That was until Edmore Chirambadare made his presence felt as he broke the ice in the 69th minute to gave Chicken Inn some breathing space.
Then Triangle seemed to play for a point and they paid dearly for that. A back pass by Charles Rukwanhi was intercepted by an alert substitute Ishmael Lawe who raced forward and found the back of the nets to silence the Gibbo fans.
And from there, Chicken Inn simply locked the gates. Now they sit on 49 points, still ahead of FC Platinum and seven ahead of Dynamos.
Platinum are keeping a close check on any slip ups by the leaders and thumped How Mine 3-0 at Luveve on Wednesday to leave the gold miners’ coach Luke Masomere’s job hanging by a thread.
It was that man again, Obrey Chirwa who destroyed Dynamos last Saturday with a brace and an own goal from Tapiwa Khumbuyani that kept Mapeza’s men in the hunt for their first league title.
That Dynamos thumped Whawha 5-1 at Rufaro, does not matter anymore-the status quo of the top two has been maintained.
At the Colliery, there was joy for returning Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe as his side edged Hwange 1-0.
Dominic Chungwa scored in the 65th minute as Chitembwe made it four points from a possible six after Sunday’s 0-0 home draw against Buffaloes.Advertisement
At Ascot, Chapungu are almost certain to be playing top flight football next season when they edged Tsholotsho 2-1.
Tineyi Chitora and Patrick Khumbula scored on either side of the half to cancel William Stima’s effort.
Wednesday Results: Triangle 1-2 Chicken Inn, How Mine 0-3 FC Platinum, Dynamos 5-1 Whawha, Hwange 0-1 Caps United, Chapungu 2-1 Tsholotsho
Thursday fixtures: Highlanders vs Flame Lily (Barbourfields), Buffaloes vs Dongo Sawmill (Sakubva)