BULAWAYO – Joey “Mafero” Antipas registered his first win since his appointment as Chicken Inn head coach when he led his new side to a 2-0 victory over visiting FC Platinum in a Castle Premiership encounter at Luveve Stadium on Sunday.
The Gamecocks got their goals from the country’s leading goal scorer Tendai Ndoro and Kudakwashe Mahachi.
GOALMOUTH MELEE: Chicken Inn defender Farai Mbiriri, left, clears the ball under the challenge of FC Platinum players during yesterday's match at Luveve Stadium. Picture: Auntony Zinyange
Sunday’s result means Antipas has managed to collect four points since taking over as the Chicken Inn head coach after he led his new charges to a 1-1 draw against former champions Monomotapa in his first game in charge last weekend.
“We had a very good game and the boys played according to our plan which was to stifle them in the midfield.
“The boys did put on a five star show and we had some outstanding players like Kuda Mahachi, who was my man of the match, and there was a lot of improvement from last week’s game,” Antipas said in his post match interview.
Ndoro opened the scoring for the hosts on 21 minutes when he converted from the penalty spot after his strike partner Mkhokheli Dube had been brought down inside the penalty box by FC Platinum captain Daniel Vheremu.
This was goal number 16 in the league campaign for Ndoro who looks set to win the golden boot this season.
Vheremu was suspect throughout the whole afternoon and nearly scored past his own keeper Francis Tizayi on the half hour mark when his attempted clearance of an Ndoro cross narrowly went over the bar.
Chicken Inn left back Brian Mbiriri nearly doubled his side’s lead but his powerful free kick went over the crossbar with Tizayi well beaten on 38 minutes.
After the breather FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa made a double substitution and brought in Obrey Chirwa and Nelson Maziwisa for Tatenda Mudehwe and Michelle Katsvairo and this change saw the visitors becoming more of an attacking threat.
This new found dominance saw FC Platinum pouring forward in search of an equalizer and this left them vulnerable at the back and they were duly punished when Mahachi sealed Chicken Inn’s win on 62 minutes.
Experienced striker Dube provided the assist for Mahachi who gave his former Highlanders Juniors and Bantu Rovers teammate Elvis Moyo a torrid time on the right flank all afternoon.
FC Platinum head coach Mutasa said his charges had failed to click at all yesterday.
“I think we never came to the party today. We were off colour and the youngsters failed to express themselves on the field of play today.
“We have to regroup and try and pick up as many points as we can in the remaining games of the season,” Mutasa said.