Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas blames fatigue as the reason behind his side’s poor run that has seen them failing to capitalise on their two games in hand to topple FC Platinum from the top of the standings.
The Gamecocks fell 2-1 at ZPC Kariba on Saturday after a 0-0 draw at TelOne last Wednesday.
Antipas has, however, descried the situation as abnormal saying they had to travel away twice in three days.
“Under normal circumstances, we should have at least four points in our last two outings. We should have won against TelOne.
“We were in Gweru on Wednesday and we travelled back to Bulawayo. We then travelled to Kariba again.
“The journey to Kariba is long. We had to first win the travelling match before we face our opponents,” said Antipas.
Chicken Inn were ten men down twelve minutes into the game after forward Obriel Chirinda was shown red.
Antipas’ men are among the teams that are tipped for the championship.
He said this is not the way champions in the making should play.
The championship winning coach has vowed to talk to his players and instill the winning mentality.
“It’s a poor return, we have to put our house in order, address our shortfalls and be better.
“It’s disappointing, we have to do more than we have been doing, we still need more wins at this point and time.
“Challenges are what makes us better, I hope this phase will mold us to become a better team,” he added.
Antipas said the plan going forward is to pick themselves up and come back on track.
“We need to have a little bit of consistency. That is the only thing we are lacking.
“The boys have to show character and determination, we have to pull up our socks and come to the party.
“No team will win the championship without going through a rough patch. It’s the response that determines our future,” he said.