BULAWAYO – Chicken Inn coach Mandla Mpofu was left a disappointed man after his side wasted chances and ended up drawing 1-1 with Shabanie Mine at Luveve Stadium on Friday.
Even the consolation of leapfrogging Highlanders into first place on the Castle Premiership log could not console the Gamecocks coach.
Chicken Inn now have 30 points from 16 matches, one ahead of Bosso, who host CAPS United at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
“As Chicken Inn we consider this to be two points lost rather than a point gained,” Mpofu said.
“It was not our day and we were outplayed in many departments but that’s now water under the bridge and we have to regroup and focus on our next match against Highlanders.”
A Tendai Ndoro strike on 27 minutes gave the Bulawayo side the lead when he latched on to a Kuda Mahachi chip which he cleverly lobbed past an outdrawn Victor Twaliki in the Shabanie Mine goal.
Twaliki was at fault for the Chicken Inn goal as he came off his goal too early without properly judging the flight of the ball.
As a result, Ndoro got to the ball faster than the keeper and lobbed into an empty net.
That goal was Ndoro’s 11th of the season but he could have harvested more had he been more sure footed in front of goal.
The hosts failed to hold on to their lead though as Tarisai Rukanda equalised for Shabanie Mine on 38 minutes for a share of the spoils.
Rukanda levelled matters towards half time after bulldozing past the suspect Chicken Inn central defence of Zephania Ngodzo and Felix Chinungwe.
The exciting Pervington Zimunya provided the assist for the Shabanie equaliser.
After the match the visitors head coach Luke Masomere expressed satisfaction with the result but cried foul over an Erea Phiri effort that he felt should have been given as a goal.
“I am happy with the point that we picked up playing away from home but I feel that we were robbed of a genuine goal in the second half,” Masomere said.
“Hopefully we will go on to improve on today’s performance and go onto survive relegation at the end of the season.”
Shabanie Mine are now on 18 points and may find themselves in the relegation zone after the weekend programme.