With teams jostling for the much coveted Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title in the next five games, former Chicken Inn gaffer Joey Antipas feels it still pretty much up for grabs.
By Carlo Chikomba
The PSL race took a new twist in MatchDay 29 after FC Platinum leapfrogged their rivals in the title race, Dynamos and Ngezi Platinum, who were held to draws in their respective matches. The result seemingly favours the Zvishavane based side to clinch the prestigious local football silverware.
But Antipas is of a different pragmatic thought as he told Sportbrief in an interview that the PSL race is still wide open. Although he refused to predict the team to get the league title, he said any of the current top four teams have a chance to bag the title.
“It’s a very interesting race, it’s exciting and we have five games to go. Anyone in the top four can win the championship, even a club like Chicken Inn, they have dented their hopes a bit but with the few games left they can come alive and clinch the championship.
“Then you’ve got clubs like Ngezi Platinum, FC Platinum and Dynamos as well and so for me it’s still early to say which team will win the league,” he said.
Antipas, himself, is no stranger to the PSL crown, having tasted its success as Ckicken Inn head coach in 2015 prior to him leaving the country to seek greener pastures in South Africa.
Meanwhile, the former Amazulu coach who is on sabbatical lauded the abundance of quality players that continue to grace the local league despite the frequent exodus of players to the South African league.
“The top players who have been performing well locally all seem to be going out of the country which is good for them and the country as well but every season we also have new players coming in and impressing as well so the future is bright,” he said.
“If we talk about the competition in the league, right now we have well sponsored teams like Ngezi Platinum, FC Platinum, Chicken Inn they are all doing well and also Castle Lager doing well (in sponsoring) but I think we still need more sponsors for our teams in the league.”
Asked on who he thinks will be the player of the year for this season, Antipas simply replied:
“For me it’s a bit difficult because I’ve been in SA but a few names are popping up, there is Christian Epoupa Ntouba and Dominic Chungwa is also doing well but there has not been a player that has stood up and produced commanding performances so it’s a bit difficult,” the soft spoken football coach said.