CHICKEN Inn boss, Joey Antipas, says he would have preferred to be the hunter than be the hunted as the Castle Lager Premiership campaign moves closer to the second round.
The Gamecocks have been enjoying a fine run in the first round of the marathon and are one of the favourites for the title.
The 2015 league champions are calling for the shots with 31 points, just a point above Dynamos, who are also making a good case for themselves, to claim their first title since 2014.
Antipas’s men are slated to lock horns with Triangle at Gibbo this weekend.
Chicken Inn will complete the first leg of the championship race as leaders should they beat the hosts.
“We have to win our games, if we are entertaining any hopes of staying on top,” said Antipas.
“I would prefer to be the hunter than being hunted, all the teams you play are desperate to topple you (Chicken Inn).
“Now, we are heading into the second half of the season and all the teams have upped their game, particularly FC Platinum, who have hit their groove and they are in the picture.”
Antipas said he was not surprised with how his charges have been troubling opponents.
“At the start of the campaign, I knew we would be fighting at the top, because we assembled a good and balanced side, who are ready to compete with the best,” he said.
“Now, it’s just about trying to be consistent but it’s tough because you are being hunted down by whichever side we are playing.
“Triangle are a very good side and they have been posting positive results and they are difficult to beat at Gibbo.”
He admitted to be keen on strengthening his defence and strikeforce during the mid-season break.
Triangle gaffer, Jairos Tapera, has labelled the narrative, which is circulating on social media, suggesting that his troops are being underpaid, to be false.
“We can not talk about rumours, we haven’t experienced such things here at Triangle,” he said.
“We have a huge game ahead of us considering where they are sitting on the log, we have respect for them (Chicken Inn), they have one of the most seasoned coaches.
“You know we are into this competition, we will prepare and hope for a positive result.”
The Sugar Sugar Boys are also in the title race and they are just four points off the pace.