Chicken Inn coach takes it easy


HIGH-RIDING Chicken Inn coach Mandla Mpofu says he is not flattered with his team’s recent rich vein of form which has seen the GameCox ascend to second position on the log, albeit having the same number of points with log leaders Highlanders.


The GameCox, as Chicken Inn are affectionately known, dispatched Shabanie Mine 2-1 at Maglas Stadium to take their point tally to 29, but are second on the log on account of an inferior goal difference.

Highlanders have a goal difference of +12 while Chicken’s goal difference stands at +6. In their last five games, the GameCox have collected 13 points from a possible 15, after winning four matches and drawing one, a feat that has seen them rising to second position on the log and catching up with league pacesetters Highlanders.

The team’s fairy tale run, that looks set to continue, has seen the Bulawayo side earning themselves the “title contenders” tag, but Mpofu has opted to remain modest with his team’s ambitions this season.

“Our target has not changed. At the start of the season we said we wanted a top-four finish and I feel we are in the right direction. Of course I am happy that we are there at the top of the log together with Highlanders, but I don’t think it is yet time to talk of the championship. We will remain focused on our target and if the championship comes our way it will be a bonus,” the gaffer said.

Chicken Inn have the right kind of arsenal to spring a surprise this season and their form, which is a continuation of where they left last season, bears testimony of the team’s potential to challenge for honours. Last season the team finished a remarkable third on the log under the leadership of the late Adam Ndlovu.