Antipas ready for Bosso

HARARE - Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas has challenged his players to maintain their fine form when they face neighbours Highlanders in the Independence Cup final this afternoon at the National Sports Stadium.

The Gamecocks progressed to today’s final after knocking out Dynamos with a slender 0-1 victory on Saturday with Mitchell Katsvairo scoring for the Bulawayo side.

That victory on Saturday was Chicken Inn’s second over Glamour Boys this season having thumped the Harare side 3-0 in the season opener at Barbourfields Stadium earlier this month.

And Antipas, who led the Gamecocks to their first league title last season, is hoping his charges will pick up from where they left when they face Highlanders.

“It’s a Bulawayo derby in Harare. We just need to stay focused on the challenge at hand,” Antipas told the Daily News yesterday.

“Highlanders is a strong team and these boys know each other. Like any other time, we hope to win but the win won’t come easily. We will have to work hard and make sure we get the required result.”

Antipas is confident his players will deliver despite playing two matches in space of two three days.

“We are going to give a good account of ourselves. Remember they (Highlanders) also played on Saturday so we will be on the same level,” Antipas said.

“What I’m for sure is that it will not be an easy match. They are under a new coach and have got a blend of experience. We all know what they are capable of doing on their day and we need maximum concentration throughout the match.”

On their way to the final, Highlanders triumphed 3-1 on penalties over FC Platinum in another semi-final at Barbourfields after the two teams had been tied 1-1 in regulation time.

And Bosso, who are under Dutch coach Erol Akbay, will be eager to make a mark. Bosso got their season with a convincing 0-3 win against Hwange at the Colliery before losing 2-1 to FC Platinum at Barbourfields in their second game of the season.

The last time the two teams met in a cup final was last year in the NetOne Easycall Cup final with Highlanders emerging 1-0 victors.

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