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Whawha stun Chicken Inn

by Staff reporter
10 Apr 2022 at 08:12hrs | Views
WhaWha 3 - 0 Chicken Inn
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League weeping boys WhaWha finally ended their three-match winless streak when they turned on the style to upstage fancied Chicken Inn in an entertaining match at Ascot Stadium yesterday.

Goals from veteran forward Tineyi Chitora, Raymond Horonga and Jayden Barake secured victory for the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service side.

It was a match in which the odds were heavily staked against coach Luke Petros and his men, but they showed character to upset the Gamecocks and deny them a chance to extend their lead at the summit of the log.

Whawha outwitted the visitors, albeit with some help from the Chicken Inn defence that had a hand in two of the hosts' goals.

Chicken Inn also paid dearly for their lethargy at the back and lack of potency upfront where they failed to record a single shot on target.

Their coach Joey Antipas admitted as much. "Well done to Whawha, they took us to the cleaners. "We just didn't pitch up today. Everything went bad for us. We didn't even have a shot on target. If you look at the goals we conceded, they were soft goals much to do with defensive blunders."

The win ensured Whawha moved two places up the log to 16th place with eight points from 11 matches.

Petros was elated at picking maximum points after their near-miss last week in which his side conceded a late penalty in a 1-0 defeat to FC Platinum.

"I am happy with the win we got today. The boys really played well. If you look at the last game, we were just unfortunate.

"But today the boys showed character and that they are maturing. I hope they maintain the same attitude in the next games," he said.

Whawha made a solid start to the match, restricting the Bulawayo side to passing sideways.

The Gamecocks never got any clear-cut chances in the opening minutes of the match. Instead, it was Whawha who peppered the Chicken Inn goal and could have taken the lead early on when Michael Sibanda picked Nicholas Tshuma in the box with an inviting cross.

Tshuma somehow chose to pass instead of going for the kill, allowing the Bulawayo side to clear their lines.

However, the breakthrough did come 23 minutes into the match when Chicken Inn goalkeeper Bernard Donovan fumbled a Roy Useni cross, allowing Chitora to ghost in from the blind side and slot the ball home.

The hosts added a second moments after the breather with a quick counter-attack that was started by Barake, who won possession in the middle and found an overlapping Sibanda.

Source - The Sunday Mail