Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
. . . as FC Platinum close gap
CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas has hit out at his flops after a 2-0 defeat to Harare City at Rufaro yesterday threatening to make some wholesale changes.
“You cannot come to a game and not give 100 percent, so the only thing that’s gonna happen is that certain heads have to roll because we cannot continue like this,” fumed Antipas.
The Gamecocks failed to capitalise as leaders CAPS United were held to a 1-1 draw by Herentals.
Other title contenders FC Platinum were 2-1 winners over Ngezi Platinum at Mandava to close the gap with Makepekepe to two points.
Fourth-placed ZPC Kariba fell 2-0 to Chapungu at Ascot.
Yesterday’s results leave CAPS on 51 points, FC Platinum on 49, Chicken Inn remained stuck on 46 and ZPC Kariba on 42.
And after the final whistle, Antipas was angry and frustrated by his side’s performance.
“There was no urgency, there was no desire to try and come back into the game. We made two changes at halftime which we thought will inject some life into our game,” said Antipas.
First goals from Kuda Musharu and Ishmael Wadi in the first half were enough for Lloyd Chitembwe’s Harare City continue to run away from relegation danger.
Antipas was, however, not happy with the way his opponents scored describing the result as an ‘early Christmas present’ for the Sunshine Boys.
“Christmas came early for Harare City, that was poor defending at its worst,” he said.
Antipas said only four players had the desire to play for a positive result.
“We can’t have a team with only four players trying to fight and playing with their hearts, what happens to the rest of the seven?” he questioned.
“It was just a bad, poor performance. If you look at our performance against CAPS (United) in Bulawayo (in previous game), every guy stood up, they played a brilliant game.
“In attack we only had Obriel Chirinda and George Majika, if you look at the creativity it was poor,” said Antipas.
The Chicken Inn gaffer appear to have lost faith in his men who have been making it into the first team as he hinted on making changes.
“So we have to make some changes and see what happens in the last six games,” he said.
Antipas admitted the result is a dent to their title aspirations.
“It’s a dent, it’s a dent to our aspirations, if you look at other results CAPS drawing, FC Platinum winning so if we don’t try to hit the consistency chord we can forget about it.
“The players have got to put more effort and more desire to win games, we cannot continue this way. Brilliant one week and poor the next week.
“The only way to motivate the players is dropping some players and bringing in some players who will be working very hard at training and wanting to play, if you don’t want to play good bye.”