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Championship race: Antipas, Mapeza feel the heat
20/11/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas says his men must rise to the occasion if they are to win their maiden Premier Soccer League title after two draws in the last two matches.

They drew 1-1 against Whawha at Ascot and came from behind again on Wednesday to snatch a point against Tsholotsho at White City.

Antipas is the first to admit that results have not been coming their way, save for their triumph in the Easy Call Cup against ZPC Kariba.

“The results have not been good for us recently, but this is a game of football and anything can happen,” he said.

“We are not giving up until the last game but admittedly there is some pressure on us but if the title really belongs to us, we will still win it.

“I have been in this kind of pressure with Motor Action before and I know we just need the mental strength to forge ahead.”

This Saturday, live on SuperSport 9 at Luveve Stadium at 1500hrs, they face unpredictable Harare City and a win, and a loss by FC Platinum against Caps United will hand them the league title.

Chicken Inn are on 55 points and should they win they will move to 58, leaving Platinum on 53 if Norman Mapeza’s charges lose.

Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro - the ultimate party spoiler – has handed the league title to Dynamos on the last day in the last two seasons.  Could he be the man to burn the chicken this time?

In 2013, then at Caps United, they drew against Harare City and Dynamos won. Last season, they stunned favourites ZPC Kariba and again, Dynamos won.

Mapeza back to 2008

Mapeza is feeling the same heat of 2008 when he was at 2008.

“I have been in this situation before and I know the players have the capacity to fight on. So let’s see what happens on Saturday.” he says.

Dynamos, on 51 points and still retaining faint hopes of winning the league title for the fifth time in a row, are at home to Chapungu on Sunday and will be watching the Saturday’s matches at Luveve and Mandava with more than keen interest.

And obviously, they (Dynamos) want both Chicken Inn and Platinum to lose!

The battle for a top four finish is on and Platinum will certainly do Highlanders a favour if they beat Caps United.

Red hot Bosso, who have leading scorer Knox Mutizwa with 14 goals so far, host relegation threatened Tsholotsho at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.



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And technical director Cosmas Zulu wants to send the new-boys back to Division One.

“There is mental strength in the team, the team can achieve a lot now,” Zulu said.

“We have gone for six games without defeat and that tells a story. We are chasing a couple of things; if we lose this game [to Tsholotsho] we might find ourselves back on position 11.

“If we win, and depending on what happens to Caps and Triangle, we might end up
in the top four.”

That’s a big dream for Zulu and his boys and they believe it’s all achievable, plus they are still in the Easy Call Cup.

Weekend Fixtures

Saturday: Chicken Inn v Harare City (Luveve), FC Platinum v CAPS United (Mandava), ZPC Kariba v Hwange (Nyamhunga), Dynamos v Chapungu (Rufaro)

Sunday: How Mine v Dongo Sawmill (Luveve), Highlanders v Tsholotsho (Barbourfields), WhaWha v Flame Lily (Ascot), Triangle United v Buffaloes (Gibbo)





 
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