Quincy Antipas dreams big


Number 10 in the soccer circles means a lot — talk of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, Brazil genius Pele, England hitman Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi – the list is endless.
Someone wants to emulate these icons for his country and he has already started donning the famous number in the Warriors’ colours. His name is Quincy Antipas (26), a diminutive winger who has now found a new home in Denmark where he stars for HB Koge in that country’s top flight league.
“I want to be the next best thing to happen in Zimbabwe football. There is no bigger honour than representing your country. I’m really passionate about my country. I want to be the most important player in the national team. My vision is to take Zimbabwe to their first ever World Cup finals,” said the player who stands at 1,68 metres.
Taking Zimbabwe to the World Cup?
“Yes we can. There is so much talent in Zimbabwe and it only needs to be nurtured. Take these young players to Europe at a tender age. My dream is to have as many players in Europe as possible. They should start with lower division teams before graduating for bigger teams. That is what I did.”
Before joining HB Koge, the former Motor Action and CAPS United dribbling ace had featured for a division three side in Denmark called Blokhus FC. He only joined Koge after being spotted in the lower league.
Quincy started his career as a footballer at Moffat Primary School in Arcadia, Harare. Surprisingly he was more into cricket than soccer.
He said: “I loved soccer but I also played cricket. I actually got a bursary to study at Prince Edward because of cricket. My parents wanted me to concentrate on cricket and not soccer.”
Now hear this shocker.
“My father (Joey Antipas- Warriors assistant coach) did not play any part in my soccer career. Instead the guys who pushed me were Zivanai “Zifa” Chiyangwa and David George (Motor Action assistant coach). My father did not push me to become a soccer player at all.
“But I want to pay tribute to him for instilling discipline, dedication and focus on my life. He wanted me to find my way,” Quincy said while drinking away a hot milk shake during our interview at a lovely restaurant in Avondale.
The Warriors winger was travelling with his mother Fatima when we chatted.
Fatima said of her son: “I’m not bragging but Quincy is a perfect child for me. He is respectful and takes care of his family. He has been focused on football but I wanted him to play cricket. He is ambitious when it comes to representing his country and always says one day he will be a big name in Zimbabwe football.”
Born in a family of four, Quincy has two step sisters Patrice and Shanelle while Whitney (21) is his blood sister.
“Whitney is my boss and that of Joey. She manages our lives. She keeps me focused and reminds me that I’m a normal boy blessed with a talent from God.”
After two successful seasons with CAPS United in 2004 and 2005 where he was a champion back-to-back, Quincy left for Morocco where he turned out for Moghreb Deteoun and Moghreb Defez.
“It was a learning experience for me because that was my first time to play outside the country. But I must say it was difficult for me there because the teams were not professional and failed to pay some of my money,” said the player who says he is not attracted to the English Premier League.
He added: “I would like to play in the Spanish or Italian league because I believe the level of soccer is high as compared to English football.”
Antipas is still single with a “few cars” and said he is married to football: “I’m not a flashy character but I have a few cars which I bought using money from Denmark. I intend to buy an apartment soon but I have no time for a wife as I’m busy with football. My child is a soccer ball.”