Chikwende strike stun WhaWha.

Bruce Ngwenya : Bulawayo Chiefs Media

3 weeks ago

A SECOND half Perfect Chikwende strike was enough for Bulawayo Chiefs to come out victorious against WhaWha FC in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Luveve Stadium this afternoon.

Ahead of today’s showcase, a lot was expected from this encounter with WhaWha coming from a 3 nil win against Chicken Inn and Chiefs in desperation need of a win. The match met its demand as it did not disappoint as it was a treat to the fans who made their way to the stadium.

The scramble for the three points began with a Billy Veremu’s head that sailed over the cross bar. Chiefs made their intentions very early to WhaWha that it was going to be a long afternoon for them as they launched attack after attack.

WhaWha goalkeeper was in action again moments later as he cut Veremu’s cross, who was looking for Obriel Chirinda in the 18 yard box. The shot stopper was the busier of the two goalkeepers as he was called into action more than five times in the opening ten minutes of the game.

The visitors would not allow Chiefs to have an easy game like a hot knife cutting through a bar of margarine as they forced Ben Nyawunzwi to produce a well-timed tackle after they broke on a counter and caught the Chiefs defence napping.

A Chikwende diagonal pass was intercepted by a WhaWha midfielder in the middle of the park and produced a world class defence splitting pass which met the visitor’s striker. His effort was equally dealt with by Chiefs’ number one Takabva Mawaya.  

In the 25th minute Felix Moyo was yellow carded for handling the ball in the middle of the park. This was after he was well dribbled by the WhaWha striker and was well on his way to face Mawaya but Moyo had other ideas in mind.

Just as everyone thought that the deadlock had been broken, Chirinda put his effort straight into the hands of the WhaWha goalkeeper after Chikwende had done all the work and set it up nicely for him to score. This was a great disappointment to the fans who had already left their seats ready to celebrate.

Chirinda’s late drama signalled the end of the first half with both sides going into the break deadlocked. It was the home side who would feel disappointed because of the clear chances that they had but failed to convert.

Chiefs came back a changed side in the second half as they were now gunsblazing showing that they were the more hungrier for a goal between the two sides.

The second half was expected to be intense like the first half but the stand in captain for the day Lucky Ndlela and his men made it look like a piece of cake. Definitely one of the best performances they have had this season.

Chirinda had a glorious opportunity to find the back of the net when he decided to pass the ball inside the 18 yard box whilst he was in a better position to pull the trigger.

It was a writing on the wall for WhaWha that something was about to happen to them because Chiefs were all over them but just lacked that final touch to put the ball into the net. The amount of pressure that was building was inenvictible as the Ninjas’ had become too comfortable as a coin in their final third.

Chikwende’s strike found the back of the net in the 51st minute after Arthur Musiyiwa had taken a screamer outside the box that the goalkeeper spilt. Chikwende was at the right place at the right time and did what was required of him and gave his side a slender lead.

Like a team on a mission Chiefs became possessed after their goal as they were all over WhaWha seeking for the second goal. Chirinda took a thunderous shot in the 60th minute that just missed the target by centimetres.

Second half substitute Mthokozisi Msebe thought that he had found the second goal of the afternoon but he saw his shot cleared of the line. This was after he had dribbled past the WhaWha defence and the keeper but his weak effort could not cross the line before the WhaWha defender cleared it.

There was a moment of regret to WhaWha as their second half substitute “English” showed them why he is supposed to be on starting eleven.

He made his presence felt immediately as he was introduced into the game. English dribbled past Moyo and found his way in the 18 yard box and passed a world class pass to his teammate who could not beat a diving Mawaya.

The show was stolen by English in the dying stages of the game, this time he forced Mawaya into as brilliant save after a well taken curler shot into the top corner. He was giving the Chiefs’ defence nightmares as they could not deal with him.

Chikwende could have doubled his goal tally for the afternoon when he took a thunderous strike just outside the box but his shot was deflected for a corner kick.

It was now a tale of end to end attack, this time Mawaya was called into action by English who tried to steal a goal from a free kick but Mawaya was equal to the task.

The referee signalled the end of the match with Chiefs getting all the three points.

Head Coach Nilton Terroso was pleased with his side’s performance and acknowledged how difficult this encounter was.

“Today we showed something that we have to show in the coming games of the season, that capability of grinding out the results. We have to defend well and suffer when we have to, just we did today.” said Terroso.

Bulawayo Chiefs next game is a Bulawayo derby against Bulawayo City at Barbourfields Stadium.