By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo.
Chicken Inn 4-1 Herentals (Tichaona Chipunza 24’, Brett Amidu 38’, 52’, Innocent Muchaneka 63’) (Jaun Mutudza 90+1)
Chicken Inn went top of the log with a clinical performance that was spoilt by conceding a late goal as they powered to a good win despite missing the suspended duo of striker Obriel Chirinda and defender Xolani Ndlovu as well as the injured captain Moses Jackson.
Yet it was the students who had settled well in the opening 20 minutes with the best chance for them falling on Tinotenda Benza who hesitated to shot in the box and instead passed the ball to Wilmore Chimbetu, whose grounder was blocked for a corner with the match 7 minutes old.
Chicken Inn then responded with a speculative long range effort taken wide on the left flank by Tichaona Chipunza which went into the nets as a badly positioned Simbarashe Gondo, the Herentals goalkeeper could not do anything to stop the ball, as Chipunza picked his first of the season after 24 minutes.
The Game cocks took a 2-0 lead at the break when defender Carlos Mavhurume failed to clear the ball and Brett Amidu made no mistake with a sharp shot in the box after 38 minutes.
Amidu then scored his second brace of the season utilising a brilliant pass from the outstanding George Majika, to easily finish in the box as he reached six goals this season in the 52nd minute.
Innocent Muchaneka made it 4-0 with a powerful shot outside the box for his third goal of the season after receiving a cross from Valentine Kandonzvo in what was pure exhibition stuff from Chicken Inn as they exchanged a number of passes on the left with new left back Nyasha Gurende delivering the final pass that released Kandonzvo in the 63rd minute.
Poor concentration at the back allowed Jaun Mutudza to finish well in a crowded box in the first minute of stoppage time denying Donovan Bernard the Game Cocks goalkeeper a clean sheet on his return into the starting team. It was Mutudza’s fourth goal of the season.
Chicken Inn Donovan Bernard, Passmore Bernard(Ben Nyahunzvi), Nyasha Gurunde, Guide Goddard, Liberty Chakoroma, Tichaona Chipunza, Valentine Kandonzvo, Brett Amidu, Geroge Majika(Nicole Mutatiwa), Innocent Muchaneka and Sipho Ndlovu(Clemence Matawu).
Herentals Simbarashe Gondo, Gibson Chinobva, Peter Chota, Carlos Mavhurume, Brighton Majarija, Richard Hachiro, William Kapumha(Archmore Majarira), Jaun Mutudza Wilmore Chimbetu, Tinotenda Benza(Kelvin Bingala), Innocent Benza(Salif Cheya).