Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
CHICKEN Inn coach, Joey Antipas has called for consistency from his charges as they take on a limping Chapungu that recently had a change in the technical department following a spate of poor results.
The Game Cocks and Waru Waru face off at Ascot Stadium in Gweru in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League today.
Antipas branded the match a potentially difficult game as the Air Force of Zimbabwe-owned side will be under the tutelage of a new coach, Rodwell Dhlakama, who will certainly want to start off well.
“Constistency will put us in good stead as we seek to keep pace with the leading pack in the log. It will certainly be a difficult game considering Chapungu has changed coaches so we will have to hold our nerve and ensure we come out with the result,” he said.
Antipas feels his side will walk into Ascot Stadium with confidence having managed to secure two victories on the trot against Caps United and Bulawayo City. The former champions have not hidden their title ambitions and a loss to Ngezi Platinum had seemed to take the air out of the Game Cocks.
Going into this weekend’s matches, Chicken Inn were fourth on the log, seven points behind log leaders Ngezi and a win would put them in a good stead to take advantage of any slip ups by the top three.
Besides the absence of goalkeeper, Elvis Chipezeze and striker, Obrey Chirinda who are serving suspensions for accumulating three yellow cards, Antipas said he has a full complement of the squad.
Gweru-based Chapungu reportedly fired coach Tendai Chikuni following their 0-1 loss to Nichrut last week although the club’s officials have come out saying the coach is on leave with Dhlakama taking over on a temporary basis.
The airmen have won just twice in the 10 games they have played so far and are third from the bottom of the league table with eight points.
The Chapungu executive had reportedly given Chikuni four games to pick up at least seven points but the former Shabanie Mine gaffer only managed four points after Chapungu drew 0-0 against Black Rhinos before managing a 1-0 win over Herentals. This was followed by back-to-back defeats to Triangle (1–3) and Dynamos (1–2).