CHICKEN Inn coach Rahman Gumbo read the riot act to his players ahead of last Sunday’s away trip to Hwange, reprimanding them for complacency which is threatening their championship cause.
Gumbo was livid at his charges following a subdued midweek performance that saw the 2015 league champions being downed 0-1 by Premiership returnees Black Rhinos at Luveve Stadium.
Chicken Inn players clearly underrated Rhinos only to try and raise their game towards the halfway stage of the first half after realising that their opponents were not pushovers.
But by then, Rhinos were in control of the game resulting in Chicken Inn players being frustrated and picking up a number of unnecessary yellow cards.
Gumbo said he had to rein in his players and is happy with their response.
“I made it clear that I don’t tolerate indiscipline. Against Black Rhinos we picked up so many yellow cards as well as a red card and I can’t have that in my team. I think whatever we spoke about after our loss to Black Rhinos sunk in their minds and as professionals I expect them to deliver,” he said.
Hwange will look to capitalise on Dynamos’ sluggish start to the 2017 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season, when the two teams clash at the Colliery tomorrow afternoon.
The coal miners also have not enjoyed the best of starts with a draw and a defeat in their first two matches, but they bounced back to register their first win against Chapungu in their last match.
Lloyd Mutsa’s DeMbare are still searching for their first win of the season after they lost and drew to FC Platinum and Triangle respectively.
The two results have left the Harare giants fretting over another frustrating and barren season, but their success in the Independence Trophy, where they won against Caps United in the semi-final before they claimed the silverware after accounting for Highlanders, albeit via a penalty shootout, has somewhat restored confidence and belief.
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