Gamecocks compound Hwange woes Joey Antipas

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Hwange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 A BRIGHTON Makopa’s first-minute strike was all that Chicken Inn needed to compound Hwange’s woes in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie at Luveve yesterday.

Following a long clearance from the back by Lincoln Mangaira, Makopa, a former Hwange player, controlled the ball well, and outpaced Chipangano defenders Tawanda Shenje and Sebastian Moyo to beat goalkeeper Bhekimpilo Ncube. 

It could well be the fastest goal of the season so far. 

Makopa’s goal gave the Gamecocks a third straight win even though they missed several clear-cut chances with Michael Charamba and Brian Muza being the chief culprits. 

Chicken Inn are now tied on 15 points with Highlanders who sit on top of the log standings courtesy of a superior goal difference. 

Joey Antipas’ men eased into second place after taking advantage of the defeats suffered by former champions FC Platinum and Simba Bhora against ZPC Kariba and Bikita Minerals respectively. 

FC Platinum suffered their first defeat of the season after going 0-1 down to ZPC Kariba. 

They dropped to fourth place. 

Antipas while happy with the result admitted Hwange had given them a run for their money. 

“We had to think deeply and grind this result. 

“Hwange are not a bad side, they kept us at bay. That early goal helped us a lot. 

“We huffed and puffed. We missed several chances and hit the post several times. We cannot say no to a goal and three points,” Antipas said. 

With Hwange brilliantly taking the game to the hosts in the second half, Prosper Mathe, veteran Cannan Nkomo, and Mongameli Tsuma among others gave a fine show for Chipangano. 

The result, however, leaves Hwange glued to the bottom of the log with a paltry five points. 

Despite the loss, Hwange coach, Nation Dube praised his charges. 

“I should be saying congratulations to the other team. I think the team played well. We matched them in the second half. We cannot talk about getting relegated for now,’’ said Dube.

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