The Sun went Down on the visiting Brazillians in a thrilling CAF Confederations cup encounter this afternoon at Emagumeni stadium to give the Antipas led side numerical supremacy of both goals and points ahead of the reverse fixture slated for the 27th of this month at Loftus stadium in Pretoria
Right from the start, it was the home side that showed more signs of aggression and hunger for goals coupled with determination to win the match as they outclassed Mamelodi Sundowns all systems out to ensure they come out with a 1 nil victory courtesy of Mitchell Katsvairo’s 36th minute strike.
The first real chance for the home side came on the 17th minute after Katsvairo set up vetean Obidiah Tarumbwa, but the later dilly dallied and sent his effort way wide, awarding the visitors a goal kick.
Some good skill from Edmore Chirambadare saw him nutmeg Asavela Mbekile before sending a cross into the area, but Tarumbwa could not connect well, but had a clash on with Mbekile who was substituted shortly thereafter as he fell awkwardly.
Joey Antipas’ led side opened their scoring account on the 36th minute after a fine run from Katsvairo who left his markers for dead befor unleashing a shot, placing it beyond the reach of Wayne Sandilands, ingoals for Masadawana.
The scoreline stood upto half time, with the Brazilians ressing for an equalizer, but the goal was elusive.
Upon the resumption of the second half, Downs made a substitution, bringing on board Cuthbert Malajila, but his introduction could not pay dividends for the visitors as all raids were being thwarted by the ever alert rear guard of Bernard, Lunga, Jackson, and Mhlanga.
The ball continued to swing from end to end but the equalizer remained elusive and hard to get for the Brazilians despite the home team carrying an underdog tag.
Despite trailing by a goal to nil, Pitso’s side enjoyed a lion’s share of ball possession, but the Danny Phiri led midfield of Chicken Inn proved impossible to by pass.
Sundowns launched a couple of raids through counter attacks but the rear guard kept the food outlet sponsored side in to the game.
At the end of 90 minutes, the scoreboard read Chicken Inn 1-0 Mamelodi Sundowns.
‘Downs will host Chicken Inn in Pretoria in two weeks for the second leg.