BUFFALOES FC produced their most impressive performance this season as they upstaged a confident Chicken Inn side for their first Premier Soccer League (PSL) win of the season in an exciting encounter at Sakubva Stadium yesterday.
BUFFALOES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1) 2
CHICKEN INN . . . . . . . . . . . . . (0) 0
Buffaloes went into their second PSL game for this season determined to collect maximum points following a disappointing 1-5 loss against Hwange last week while Chicken Inn were on a high after thrashing Harare City 3-0 .
It took the boots of the veteran army side player, Prosper Matizanadzo in the 39th minute to secure their first half lead before an equally impressive Admire Dzumbunu fired home another goal in the 70th minute for Buffaloes to claim their first three points of the season.
Buffaloes’ assistant coach, Timothy Masachi was naturally a happy man after the game describing the win as a result of determination and team work.
“Everyone had a fighting spirit. The game was okay and we could have scored more goals had it not been for some missed chances by our players,” Masachi said.
Chicken Inn gaffer Joey Antipas blamed the loss on some clear missed chances by his side.
“Congratulations to Buffaloes who came up with an impressive performance. We had a good game, but we missed two glorious chances,” he said adding that his team will regroup for the next encounter.
Buffaloes were on the offensive 20 minutes into the game with Dzumbunu’s free-kick just outside the box being punched over the bar by Chicken Inn’s goal minder Liberty Chirava.
Both teams continued exchanging raids up until in the 39th minute when Matizanadzo placed a rebound that was blocked from a free-kick sport to beat Chirava.
In the 70th minute, Dzumbunu tapped in another rebound from a thundering Frankson Bushire’s shot from the right side which Chirava had punched back into play.
The alert Dzumbunu did not waste time to put his side two goals clear ahead of Chicken Inn.
However, the visitors almost snatched a goal towards the end of the match after Mkhokheli Dube’s shot was cleared on the line by Buffaloes defender Phillip Chandisaita.
Dube had already beaten the Buffaloes goalkeeper only to see in disbelief his strike was headed off the goal to maintain a clean sheet for the home side.