Chioniso Mashakada in Bulawayo
Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas believes they are back in the championship matrix after a 2-1 win over Triangle on Saturday saw them reclaiming second position on the standings.
The Gamecocks, tied on 49 points with FC Platinum but with a superior goal difference, now trail leaders CAPS United by two points.
Antipas said it is a good feeling which will also help boost the players’ confidence going forward.
“It was a difficult game but the guys did quite well. The main thing was to get off the line which we did and it’s all about grinding the results, and the good thing is that we did grind the result.
“At this stage of the season it’s not about performances but results. It’s good that we are back in the matrix,” said Antipas.
The championship winning coach said with five games to play, there is still a lot of work to do.
“It’s still a long way to go, five games left, fifteen points to be played for and we are still believing,” he said.
Chicken Inn took the lead through an Innocent Mucheneka goal 25 minutes into the game before Xolani Ndlovu extended the lead four minutes later.
Triangle captain Ralph Kawondera scored for his side in the 35th minute but the home side hung on to get maximum points.
The Sugar Sugar Boys coach Taurai Mangwiro, however, cried foul claiming that an Delic Murimba effort crossed the line but the referee saw otherwise.
Mangwiro was left fuming claiming the match was already decided.
“What I’m seeing is matches that are already decided, we were here to just fulfill the fixture.
“What I saw is rather disappointing. These are delayed fixtures we are only wasting time fulfilling these kind of matches,” he said.
Asked on the future of Triangle in the league, the coach said they need to work hard and fight for a better position,
“We just need to dig deep, we have fallen way behind. The teams at the bottom are getting closer to us so we have to ensure that we have a strong finish.”