Castle Lager Premier Soccer League newcomers and relegation-threatened Tenax defeated title favorites Chicken Inn 1-0 at Vengere in Rusape on Sunday afternoon.
The Gamecocks’ surprise loss means defending champions FC Platinum are now five points clear at the top of the standings.
Chicken Inn, unconvincing throughout the game, could have opened the scoring in the 10th minute but Brian Muza’s shot hit the right post.
Tenax, heavily supported by the fans, scored the only goal in the 24th minute when Panashe Mutasa threw a through ball to Lyvine Gwenzi.
Gwenzi turned and crossed into the box as burly striker Marlvern Dumbura directed at Mutasa, who beat Donovan Bernard, in goals for Chicken Inn.
There were no significant attacks from either side in the two halves, and Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas admitted his troops did not do enough to secure victory.
However, he believes there are still games left for his team to compete for the coveted league title.
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League results
Highlanders 3-0 Manica Diamonds
Triangle United 0-0 ZPC Kariba
Caps United 0-0 Black Rhinos
Tenax 1-0 Chicken Inn
Herentals 3-0 Ngezi Platinum Stars
Bulawayo City 3-1 WhaWha
Cranborne Bullets 1-0 Dynamos
FC Platinum 1-0 Bulawayo Chiefs