Donovan saves the day for Chicken Inn

12 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Donovan saves the day for Chicken Inn Chicken Inn goalie Donovan Bernard stops a Chiefs’ strike in a match at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday. (Picture Eliah Saushoma)

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Bulawayo Chiefs 0-0 Chicken Inn

THE penalty kick that Never Rauzhi missed in the second-half proved costly for Bulawayo Chiefs who were forced to settle for a nil all stalemate against Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo yesterday.

That missed opportunity counts as one that could have changed fortunes for Amakhosi Amahle on the day.
For Chicken Inn, they have to give credit to their goalkeeper Donovan Bernard.

The man between the posts gave his all to wade off all the attacks.

The match was the second consecutive Bulawayo derby that ended goalless following Chicken Inn’s goalless draw against Dynamos last weekend.

However, Rauzhi had the opportunity to separate the two sides after winning a penalty in the 60th minute but, he blew it. He had been felled by Lincoln Mangaira inside the box.

That moment, he dusted himself up to take the spot kick that he was denied by Donovan.

If Rauzhi had scored, it could have taken his goal scoring tally to six goals this season.

Donovan went to his right and met Rauzhi’s effort from 12 yards to block it back into play.

Deservedly, Chicken Inn have Donavan to thank for getting a point after he made a double save in the final minutes of the game first denying Godfrey Muchenje and next substitute Benjamin Addotey.

Both were point blank saves.

Chicken Inn, could have got a goal as well in the 79th minute through Clive Augusto who saw the ball fall on his path inside the box but, the shot at goal was denied by Prosper Matutu in goal for Chiefs.

Malvin Hwata also had a clear-cut chance in the 67th minute but his shot found the side netting.

Chiefs’ coach Thulani Sibanda felt his team deserved more out of this game.

“I think we deserved three points from our performance today. We did our homework very well. We knew their attack comes from Brian Muza and Michael Charamba and we managed to close down those two. Otherwise, it was a brilliant performance from the team,” said Sibanda.

On the Rauzhi miss Sibanda said: “He is a big player, a superstar and he will learn from this. He was one of our best players despite the penalty miss.”

Chicken Inn coach, Joey Antipas felt they have a lot of work to do especially in attack.

“Chiefs are a very good side. I knew it was going to be a difficult game. We did not apply ourselves well in the second half. I think we have a lot of work to do in attack. We shared the spoils and we have to keep working,” said Antipas.

In the first-half, Bulawayo Chiefs danger man Rauzhi forced a corner kick from a threatening position inside the box but Chiefs could not utilise the set piece under 10 minutes into the game.

After 26 minutes of play, Chicken Inn finally got beyond the Chiefs defence but a crucial tackle by Leroy Ndlovu blocked Charamba from taking a clean shot at goal.

Two minutes later, Donovan produced a brilliant block to deny Panashe Shoko’s snap shot.

From that save, action moved to the other end, Muza was sent through on goal by Joseph Tulani but the Chiefs defence tracked back in time to prevent any danger.

In the first-half optional time, low shot drew a good low save from Matutu in goal for Chiefs. – @innocentskizoe


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