The Sunday News
Senior Sports Reporter
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CHICKEN Inn gaffer Joey Antipas feels his charges dropped two crucial points in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after they were held to a draw by relegation threatened Yadah at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
The Gamecocks, who have openly declared their championship ambitions, have gone for three consecutive games without posting a win. They went into their game against Yadah having been held to a goalless draw by TelOne and which was followed by a 2-1 away defeat at the hands of ZPC Kariba.
Following their yesterday’s draw match where Bret Amidu scored for the hosts through a beautiful header after connecting a Xolani Ndlovu curling cross in the 21st minute, Antipas’ men have collected two points from a possible nine in their three games.
Veteran Ralph Matema got the all-important equaliser for the visitors three minutes into the second stanza after the Guide Goddard and Moses Jackson marshalled Gamecocks rearguard failed to deal with the danger lurking inside the box.
“It’s a disappointing result especially after playing a team like Yadah at home. Its two points dropped and we just seem to have fallen flat in the second half,” said a dissatisfied Antipas.
He added. “Some players need to definitely stand up and be counted. I thought some of our key players are not in it at all, looks like we have lost some confidence because the team is not playing with confidence.”
With a game in hand, Chicken Inn are now tied on 31 points with second-placed Caps United who entertain Highlanders at National Sports Stadium this afternoon.
Despite picking up a valuable point, Yadah head coach Genesis Mangombe reckoned they still have to work hard to avoid the dreaded chop. Yadah are still second from bottom of the 18-team log.
“It was going to be difficult to try against a club like Chicken Inn power for power. We minimised keeping the ball and at times we delayed the pace of the game. We still have a long way to go in fighting relegation,” said Mangombe.
Chicken Inn: P Zendera, M Jackson, G Goddard, X Ndlovu, S Ndlovu, B Bernard, T Chipunza, B Amidu (Mucheneka 67 mins), V Kadonzvo, M Gaki, B Sithole(Mutatiwa 56 mins)
Yadah: I Ali, A Shumba, N Mhlanga, J Chitereki, E Karembo, W Kamudyariwa, L Mavhunga, M Chiwara, R Matema (Makoto 88 mins), P Nyamakura (Mangani 65 mins)