Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas has admitted they are already missing former striker Clive Augusto who has joined Maritzburg in South Africa’s Absa Premiership.
Antipas was forced to play Innocent Mucheneka as false nine as they played to a 1-1 draw against Dynamos at Rufaro on Sunday.
Their other option for the target man, Obriel Chirinda, is out injured.
And the departure of their goal-getter, Augusto, has left them pinning their hopes on attacking midfielders for goals.
Augusto had scored 14 goals for the championship aspirants and is still the leading scorer.
Chicken Inn’s draw against DeMbare on Sunday meant they have now gone for four games without a win with Augusto missing the last two.
And Antipas was open about missing their source of goals.
He said they would have wanted to replace the former Ngezi Platinum striker but the country’s window period has already been closed by then.
Zimbabwe is among the few countries that are still playing the March to November calendar and this has negatively affected local clubs on transfers.
“There is nothing we can do as a club because it looks like we are not aligning our season with the rest of the countries, so there is nothing much we can do.
“Because a player goes and we can’t bring a striker. “With Clive we miss him a lot because he was our source of goals and all a sudden the player is gone and now we are struggling a bit,” said Antipas.
The Gamecocks host Ngezi at Luveve tomorrow and Antipas hopes they bounce back to winning ways.
Antipas believes his boys lack the confidence which is needed to compete for the championship.
“Confidence plays a big part and winning brings confidence. And on confidence levels, we are not really up there, if you start winning games confidence sky rockets.
“So we are trying to get the guys motivated,” he said.