Antipas demands response

HARARE - Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas expects a strong reaction from his charges when they welcome CAPS United at Luveve Stadium this afternoon after losing to the same opponents last weekend.

The Gamecocks were beaten 2-0 by the Green Machine albeit in controversial circumstances in the reverse fixture at National Sports Stadium.

Antipas could barely contain his anger after referee Jimmy Makwanda turned in a controversial display that put a dent to his team’s charge at the championship as his side fell to a Leonard Fiyado brace.

Makwanda and his assistant Collen Muringai courted controversy when they allowed Leonard Fiyado’s goal in the second half to stand when he was visibly in an offside position.

But the former Motor Action gaffer said they have since put behind the disappointment of last week’s defeat and are looking forward to pick up maximum points and consolidate their lead at the top.

“Last week it’s done and dusted, we forget about it,” Antipas told the Daily News yesterday.

“This is a new game all together. In any case, we have to think about the game against CAPS as they are an excellent team.

“We hope to come up with a winning formula and pick up maximum points. As log leaders, you are always under pressure because every team wants to beat you.”

Antipas said they are happy to welcome back skipper Danny Phiri and striker Edmore Chirambadare who missed last week’s clash as they were away in Comoros with the national team.

“Deco (Phiri) and Eddy (Chirambadare) are back so we expect to have some few changes. Of course we are expecting a difficult match against CAPS. They are a good side.

“They defend well and we need to be at our best.”

Chicken Inn are currently at the top of the table with 29 points.

They will be hoping to stretch their lead at the top.

On the other side Makepekepe will be hoping to cut the gap with the Gamecocks.

The recent performances have seen the four-time Zimbabwe champions make steady progress up the table and now find themselves in fifth place with 24 points from 15 matches.

Last weekend, they handed the Gamecocks their third defeat of the season inside 14 matches which goes to show this was no stroll in the park for the Green Machine.

Mark Mathe’s charges are now just five points behind Chicken Inn.

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