BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas is predicting a tough contest for the Castle Lager Premiership title despite his team having overcome table toppers Caps United to secure top spot.
The Gamecocks went into the match last weekend in second place, but a 3-1 victory in the end helped them dislodge the Green Machine on goal difference.
The table-toppers have 22 points each after 10 matches
However, Antipas — winner of the championship with the same side in 2015 — has refused the favourites tag for the title, instead preferring to tag his team as dark horses.
He picked out Caps United, FC Platinum and army side Black Rhinos as some of the favourites.
“I would say we have the potential. We have a good squad that is hungry to go all the way. But we have played only 10 games and there are lots of games still to be played, so I think it’s too early to judge us as favourites,” he said.
“Besides, there is stiff competition in this race. You look at Caps United, we have played the same number of games (10) and have the same number of points (22). What separates us is the difference in goals. They (Caps United) have a very strong squad capable of winning this race.
“There is also FC Platinum. They have won the championship in the last two years and can win it again this year.”
On Black Rhinos, he said they still had a chance.
“Black Rhinos are also coming slowly, but surely,” Antipas said.
The army side lie in fifth place behind Chapungu, although the two teams share the same number of points (18).
In their first meeting with Black Rhinos two weeks ago, they shared the spoils following a 0-0 draw, as the stubborn army side refused to be cowed into submission by Antipas’ side.
Black Rhinos have lost just once in their last five matches, winning three and drawing one.
Antipas believes they have to keep winning to sustain the challenge for honours, with his side taking on Harare City at Luveve this weekend.
He said they would approach the encounter like they were playing any of the top teams.
“The approach remains the same. We can’t afford to underestimate any team. We need to collect as many points as we can,” he said.