Antipas paints doom for Bulls

HARARE – Motor Action coach Joey Antipas yesterday painted a gloomy picture in his team’s camp and has called for divine intervention in their pursuit to survive relegation.

The 2010 league champions are going through a lean spell this year in the Castle Premiership and are currently sitting right at the bottom of the log with 14 points after 18 rounds of action.

The Mighty Bulls are now strong candidates for relegation and Antipas admitted the atmosphere has been somewhat subdued at their Motor Action Sports Club training base, and maintains it is now up to the players to show their strength of character.

The Mighty Bulls lost 10 of their key players during this mid-season window period and Antipas admitted his side’s hopes of avoiding relegation look bleak unless something miraculous happened.

“We are in intensive care and we are one of the favourites to go down as many pundits put it,” Antipas told the Daily News.

“We have a complete new team after losing 10 guys. Time is not on our side and it’s going to be difficult for us. From the look of things, we need divine intervention or something miraculous to escape.”

Antipas conceded his side had fallen short, claiming that reinforcements brought in during the offseason transfer window had been unable to make up for a dismal first half of the season.

“The players that have come in have done great but it was not enough to spearhead the team to better position on the log. We could have done better during the first half of the season,” he said.

“But we can’t change the past and it’s now time to start working on improving the team going forward.

“We bought new young players and we will use the break to work on combinations. These players will really need to come up with a winning mentality that we can do it.

“We need to get our act together and start to believe in ourselves. We just need to push to the end and see what happens.”

Some of the players who left Motor Action include midfielder Clemence Matawu who crossed the floor to join Bulawayo side Chicken Inn while Blessing Sande joined the army side Black Rhinos.

Dylan Chivandire and other players like defender Charles Mutero, midfielder Merciful Ncube asked to leave the team.

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