We'll do our best - Antipas

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas says his side will do their best to ensure they reach the final of the NetOne Easycall Cup when they take on CAPS United  in Saturday’s semi-final.

The newly-crowned Castle Premiership champions have a hectic few days in store as five members of their squad have to travel to Harare for tomorrow’s 2015 Soccer Star of the Year awards banquet.

Antipas — together with his four players — Danny Phiri, Clemence Matawu, Elvis Chipezeze and Edmore Chirambadare, will all be in attendance at the banquet.

The quintet will then travel by air back to Bulawayo in order to catch the 3pm kick-off at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The travel arrangements have, however, not deterred Antipas, who believes his side will dispatch the Green Machine and keep their hopes of a league and cup double alive.

“Of course, it will be bit of a setback but we are trying to put in everything and train as much as we can before we leave for Harare to ensure that we win the game,” Antipas told the Daily News.

“But generally, the game is like any other game so nothing is unusual there; we are simply going to give our best.”

Antipas can take confidence in the fact that his side has shown great character in their march towards their first league title since promotion into the top flight in 2011.

The Gamecocks faced a lot of challenges from the chasing pack since they assumed top spot on the log after only week six.

Although they suffered a slight dip in form towards the end of the league season when they could only manage three straight draws against FC Platinum, Whawha and Tsholotsho, the Gamecocks showed their staying power to seal the title in style.

As the newly-crowned league champions, Antipas said his side would not be under any pressure to beat CAPS to reach the final.

“It’s not a league game, it’s just a cup game which I feel can be won in 90 minutes, so we are not in any way under pressure,” he said.

To book their ticket in the last four, the Gamecocks beat ZPC Kariba 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-finals last month at Nyamhunga Stadium.

CAPS, who have been dazzling since the return of Lloyd Chitembwe in September, walloped Hwange 3-1 at the National Sports Stadium two weeks ago.

The Green machine finished the season strongly and will be hoping to take that momentum into the competition.

On Sunday, Barbourfields will host the second semi-final of the competition when Highlanders take on Dynamos.

Highlanders have suffered dearly at the hands of DeMbare in recent seasons and will be looking forward to break that jinx on Sunday.

For the Glamour Boys, 2015 has not been kind and they are in danger of finishing the season without any meaningful silverware if they fail to win the NetOne Easycall Cup.

DeMbare were dethroned as league champions by Chicken Inn and suffered an agonising 2-1 loss to Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup final.

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