By Fungai Muderere
Red-Hot Chicken Inn proved too spicy for visiting 10-man Dynamos in a super charged Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday.
Clive Augusto and Malvin Gaki scored one apiece for the hosts in the 10th and 23rd minute respectively.
The result means DeMbare have only won once in Bulawayo against Chicken Inn- a 1-0 in September 2015.
And it proved to be too much to handle for some DeMbare hooligans who threw missiles onto the pitch starting by the time when the visitors skipper Edward Sadomba was sent off.
Augusto, who now has four goals under his belt, thrust Joey Antipas’ men into the lead after he converted a penalty that saw him beat veteran goal minder Munyaradzi Diya.
Chicken Inn were awarded the spot kick by referee of the afternoon Hardly Ndazi after midfielder Sipho Ndlovu, who was chasing after an Obriel Chirinda clever feed, was brought down in the box by young Tawanda Chisi.
Gaki made it two for Gamecocks following a lapse in concentration from the DeMbare rearguard.
With Chisi, Jimmy Tigere and company failing to play to the whistle and appealing for an offside, Gaki coolly controlled the ball before firing past Diya.
Sadomba was sent off for second bookable offence in the 42nd minute after he had fouled roving Gamecocks left back Xolani Ndlovu.
Sadomba, a veteran of many local and international football battles, had initially been cautioned in the 35th minute for rough play on Chicken Inn skipper Moses Jackson.
The sending off of Sadomba did not go down well with the DeMbare camp with their coach Lloyd “MaBlanyo” Chigowe” storming onto the field of play to register his concerns to Ndazi.
As Chigowe stormed the pitch, the Blue Army housed at the Mpilo End registered their displeasure by throwing missiles into the pitch.
After the breather, Dynamos fans continued with their rowdy behaviour which fizzled out following some polished build ups that were being masterminded by a determined Godfrey Mukambi, who came in as 38th minute substitute for an out of sorts Jarrison Sekemani.
Antipas conceded that Dynamos put up a fight in the second half.
“It would have been good to get a goal harvest but they came back a better side in the second half. We welcome the three points after playing high tempo football in the first half.
“Our ball retention was good in the first half as we kept DeMbare on the back foot. However, our tempo dropped in the second half maybe also because of the too many stops and starts,” said Antipas.
Chigowe vowed that his team will fight on.
“As Dynamos we will rise and fight again. Chicken Inn are a good side but the referee was pathetic. I did not see a penalty. Sadomba was not supposed to get a red card because that was a fair tackle on the Chicken Inn defender (Xolani Ndlovu),” said Chigowe. The Sunday Mail
Chicken Inn: D Bernard, M Jackson, G Goddard, X Ndlovu, T Chipunznza, I Muchaneka, M Gaki (G Majika 86th), B Bernard, A Augusto, O Chirinda (V Kadonzvo 69th) , S Ndlovu (B Amidu 75th)
Dynamos: M Diya, A Maliseko, T Muringai, T Chisi, J Tigere, J Selemani (G Mukambi 38th) T Moffat ( T Macheke 46th) N Mangala, E Sadomba , M Mawadza , V Mbega (M Chipo 46th)