We need cool heads: Antipas

HARARE - Castle Lager Premiership log leaders Chicken Inn are confident of continuing with their charge towards the title when they visit struggling Buffaloes this afternoon.

The Gamecocks travel to Sakubva Stadium today knowing that another win will take them a step closer to their maiden domestic title since their promotion into the top flight in 2011.

Joey Antipas’ men have 37 points from 18 matches and take on a Buffaloes side low on confidence after going on for five matches without a win.

“We just have to continue working hard continue enjoying our position at the top of the log,” Antipas told the Daily News.

“It’s going to be a difficult game against Buffaloes. All our matches from now on until the end of the season are going to be difficult.

“We just have to go into the field and the boys now know what they have to do because we are the log leaders and every team we are playing against would want to beat us.

“If you want to be numero uno, you know what you need to do and the boys don’t need any more motivation as they are aware of the prize at stake at the end of the season.”

As the season enters its final third, Antipas, who led Motor Action to the 2010 domestic championship is confident the Gamecocks have the staying power to last the distance.

“It’s still a long road to go before we can be crowned champions. The road is going to be hard but as a team we are ready for the challenge,” said the former Warriors assistant coach.

“Other teams like Triangle, FC Platinum, Dynamos and Harare City are still in with a good chance of winning the championship and they are going to give it a fight before they give up.

“I’ve been in this position before with Motor Action and all it needs is to have a cool head and not get carried away because the season is not over yet.”

If Chicken Inn go on to win the 2015 title it will be a remarkable journey for the Bulawayo-based side especially after Antipas’ struggles in his first season last season.

The Gamecocks were inconsistent in 2014 as Antipas still tried to get the players to buy in into his philosophy and methods.

Chicken Inn finished the season in sixth place with 44 points but in reality they were closer to the relegation zone than champions Dynamos.      

“We had our struggles last season but we knew we had a good squad and everything would come good in the future,” said Antipas.

“This season we are now more of a family. There is this togetherness in the squad and it has worked to our advantage.”

While everything seems to be falling in place for Chicken Inn, it is the other way round for coach Saul Chaminuka and his Buffaloes.

The Mutare-based soldiers are just one point above the relegation zone and need to start picking up maximum points in order to guarantee their safety at the end of the season.

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