Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas has declared readiness for Saturday’s potentially epic Caf Champions League preliminary round, second leg clash with Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium.
The Gamecocks arrived in Pretoria on Wednesday afternoon carrying a 1-0 lead from the reverse leg played in Bulawayo two weeks ago.
While they managed to overcome much-fancied Sundowns at home with stakes placed against them, they could have invited the Chlookorp side’s wrath expected to be shown in Saturday’s showdown.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has vowed to overturn the defeat they suffered at Barbourfields Stadium.
But Antipas remained unfazed as he stressed that they are ready for Saturday’s blockbuster meeting, declaring war on their opponents by saying Chicken Inn are not on holiday in Pretoria.
“We are here on a mission. We are not on holiday. We have a job at hand. We are here on serious business,” Antipas was quoted as saying in South Africa.
“Our main thrust was on group and individual pressing. We were trying to get the shape of our defence and midfield. We also worked on counter attacks, trying to play the ball as quick as possible. We also worked on shooting from outside the box. I saw them (players) hit the target several times which is very good.”
Before leaving for Pretoria, Antipas had expressed concern about playing the match under floodlights but they were expected to hold their second training session under floodlights.