CHICKEN INN coach Joey Antipas believes the three matches that his team will play at Luveve in the next eight days will present his team with an opportunity to catch up with the leading duo of Ngezi Platinum Stars and FC Platinum.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
The former champions play Harare City today as they look to collect maximum points.
They currently sit on fourth spot on the league table with 20 points, nine behind leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars.
After the Harare City match, Chicken Inn have a mid-week tie against Bulawayo Chiefs at Luveve although they will be away before hosting FC Platinum at the same venue next Saturday.
Antipas, who won the championship with Chicken Inn in 2015, is seeking his third title following his first with the now-defunct Motor Action in 2010, is confident that the three Luveve ties will present him with an opportunity to come up with positive results to staying within the leading pack.
He is, however, wary of Harare City’s who have been doing well themselves.
“It’s a game that we have to win and Harare City have been playing well. We have not been doing too badly ourselves, but the draws are killing us. But they are part of the game and we just have to keep focused. We hope to maximise and capitalise on the next games that we will play at home and keep fighting,” Antipas said.
Left back, Devine Lunga is suspended, while Antipas is boosted by the return of South African bound goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze, who missed the goalless draw against Chapungu at Ascot due to suspension together with Obriel Chirinda.
Harare City, coached by Briton Mark Harrison have made a steady rise up the log-standings to sixth also with 20 points following three wins on the trot against Triangle, Dynamos and Nichrut.
Despite the good form, Harrison expects a tough match against Chicken Inn this afternoon.
“We know it would be a tough match down there against the ex-champions. They are always a big threat; they are a big team and are potential champions. The odds are staked against us, but we are going there full of confidence,” Harrison said.