Chioniso Mashakada in Bulawayo
CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas believes the Premier Soccer League chiefs are partly to blame after his team stumbled again and dropped points in the title race.
The Gamecocks were held to a 1-1 draw by relegation threatened Hwange leaving their championship hopes dented.
Antipas, who is juggling Warriors and Chicken Inn, said his boys are exhausted because of PSL’s tight schedule.
“This is due to poor planning, they (PSL) are loading us with games because they want to catch up with deadlines.
“Tight game, we didn’t play our usual game. I would say that the boys were exhausted. The amount of games we have been playing of late is hectic,” said Antipas.
The local league was in action despite the international which also saw Highlanders coach Pieter de Jongh refusing to release striker Prince Dube on time for Warriors duty.
Antipas said players are not horses and need time to rest.
“Players are not horses but there’s none much we can do we are up against stubborn PSL; they don’t look at those factors,” he said.
He, however, remains hopeful of clinching the championship with three games to play.
“All we can do is to keep our heads up, believe and keep fighting. I will give the boys a hundred out of hundred for the effort. They have been traveling and I give them a credit of coming at the top, we will just keep believing because you don’t know what happens with the game of football,” said Antipas.
George Majika was on target for the hosts while Enerst Gwitima converted from the spot for the visitors.
The Gamecocks remain second with 53 points on the log standings and will play away to Bulawayo Chiefs next.