BULAWAYO – Reigning Castle Lager Premiership champions Chicken Inn title defence is in tatters after the Bulawayo side suffered their third defeat on the trot losing 2-1 to Triangle at Luveve stadium yesterday.
The current malaise at the Gamecocks began when they lost to ZPC Kariba and Bulawayo City in the last two rounds.
Yesterday, Joey Antipas’ men should have stemmed the rot as they created a lot of chances but they failed to make them count. A familiar storyline from the defeats to ZPC Kariba and Bulawayo City.
Ordinarily, Chicken Inn would have buried the chances they got through Edmore Chirambadare, George Majika and Moses Demera, but seemed to freeze at the vital moment and were not aggressive enough with their final touch.
In the end goals from Malvin Gaki and Simba Makoni ensured Triangle picked their first away win from their favourite Gibbo Stadium for the first time this season.
Veteran midfielder Clemence Matawu’s strike late in the second half was not enough to save the Gamecocks.
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas blamed the defeat on the missed opportunities.
“I thought we had a poor first half but we came back strongly in the second half,” the South Africa-bound Antipas said.
“The boys did everything in the second half apart from conceding that freak goal. I think it’s about regrouping now and look forward to the next match.”
Antipas’ counterpart David Mandigora was happy with his team’s performance.
“This is our first win away from home and I am happy,” Mandigora said.
“The boys did well, we made few mistakes and we managed to get maximum points. I am sure this win will give us more confidence going forward.”
Triangle had a an upper in the first half and they were duly rewarded when Gaki reacted fast to a Lameck Nhamo cross from the left side three minutes before the break to beat a badly exposed Chiecken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.
Chicken Inn, however, came back rejuvenated in second half and Matawu equalized on 52 minutes with a powerful low shot from the edge of the box.
The Gamecocks went on to dominate but struggled in the final third.
They were made to pay for those missed chances when on 76 minutes Chipezeze gifted the visitors with all three points when he fumbled a harmless Makoni shot from long range into his own net.