ANTIPAS TIPS FC PLATINUM
26 October 2017
CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING coach Joey Antipas tips FC Platinum to go all the way and win the 2017 edition.
The former Amazulu coach won the title twice, with Motor Action in 2010 and then Chicken Inn in 2015.
Yesterday he told H-Metro that the team that will not get carried away at this stage of the season will be victorious.
“It is such a squeaky bum time now. Anything can happen and the team that manages to stay calm is the team that will win the league title,” Antipas said.
“If you are a coach and you are in the thick of things now, what you need is to just stay focused. There is really no need to be carried away. So whoever can manage to do that at this stage will walk away with it.”
FC Platinum are leading the race with 59 points, second-placed Dynamos are on 58 points, Ngezi Platinum are on 57 points while Chicken Inn are on 55 points.
Antipas knows exactly what FC Platinum are made of, being a good friend of coach Norman Mapeza.
He also has an idea of what his former club Chicken Inn have to offer as some of the players he coached are still around.
Dynamos are not new to him as he has on several times, over years, fought grueling battles against them.
And yesterday he also admitted that Ngezi Platinum have the class that could also make them champions.
“But I go with FC Platinum. I think they can simply win their remaining matches and lift the title.
“You look at the number of matches that they have played draws, you realize they could just try to improve their scoring record and win games. Destiny is in their hands.
“You also look at that match they will face Ngezi Platinum and realise that the Platinum stars are very much in this race. That game could change a lot of things. Before that game, Ngezi would have met Dynamos.
“The reality is that with two games to go, there could be just two teams in the race,” Antipas said.
He gave his former club a chance.
“The teams are cancelling each other. Chicken Inn are four points behind the log leaders so anything can also happen. At this stage of the season, like I said, there will be a lot of twists and turns as well.”
The former Gamecocks coach admits that Dynamos become very difficult and unpredictable at this stage.
Antipas was involved in his first homestretch battle with DeMbare in 2010 and won the title on the last day with Motor Action. The Glamour Boys came second under Elvis “Chuchu” Chiweshe.
In 2015 he also battled all the way with Chicken Inn, getting the better of Ndiraya who is now in charge of Ngezi Platinum.
“Dynamos will always be Dynamos. They have the experience and they know exactly what to do at this stage. Yes, I’m backing FC Platinum, but DeMbare are a big threat. They have been in these situations so many times,” said Antipas.