HARARE – Joey Antipas started his reign as Chicken Inn coach with a 1-1 draw against relegation threatened Monomotapa at Gwanzura Stadium on Sunday.
Monomotapa were first to score through Ronald Chitiyo while Chicken Inn’s Tendai Ndoro netted his 15th goal of the league campaign.
The Bulawayo side remain on sixth position with 39 points while Monomotapa are still deep in the relegation zone with 23 points with four games to go before the season ends.
After the match, Antipas said he is still trying to adapt to the new environment at the Gamecocks.
“I was aiming to start with a win but I am still trying to find my new combinations,” Antipas said.
“Our midfielder was to slow in the first half but we came back a better side in the second half.”
The visitors were slow starters and allowed Monomotapa to control the play early on, which they did by creating a chance in the eighth minute when Carlos Messi beat a couple defenders and took a shot from.
Lucky enough for the Gamecocks, goalkeeper Njabulo Ncube was alert to stop the danger.
Ncube was called into action again in the 20th minute when he came off his line to close the gap for Chitiyo, who had been released by Nelson Melson.
The Warriors midfielder shot wide after Ncube had narrowed down the angle.
Chitiyo made amends in the 28th when he went on a run beating a number of Chicken inn defenders before firing past Ncube.
After the breather, the Bulawayo side came back the better team and started to take control of the game.
Antipas’ men were duly rewarded in the 71th minute, in typical predatory fashion; Ndoro won the ball inside the box and made no mistake with a right footed finish to streak his lead on the Golden Boot chart.
There were no more goals as both sides settled for a draw.
Monomotapa assistant coach Conrad Nyambabvu said: “But it’s still four games to go. We have to keep on fighting and hope we survive relegation at the end of the season. I must commend the boys for not giving up when the chips were down and our target is to keep on getting the results as we wind down the season.”