An­tipas skat­ing on thin ice

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ngqwele Dube Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

FOR­MER Chicken Inn coach Joey An­tipas has come un­der re­newed pres­sure at his South African Na­tional First Di­vi­sion club AmaZulu fol­low­ing a 0-2 loss to newly pro­moted Real Kings on Sun­day in a match they ended with nine men.

The loss saw AmaZulu, who made clear their ti­tle am­bi­tions at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, drift­ing 11 points be­hind log lead­ers and fierce ri­vals Thanda Royal Zulu, who have amassed 24 points from 10 games.An­tipas, who joined AmaZulu in July, had al­ready been un­der pres­sure fol­low­ing his side’s four-match los­ing streak.

The loss to Real Kings, who were pro­moted from the Safa Sec­ond Di­vi­sion, came as a blow and sources said if re­sults don’t change im­me­di­ately the axe could fall on An­tipas.

AmaZulu were re­duced to nine men in the first half fol­low­ing two red cards shown to Sbu Ma­gaqa and Lun­gelo Dlamini, while Real Kings had Sibonelo Khubone re­ceiv­ing march­ing or­ders two min­utes be­fore they opened the score sheet through Phi­lani Gumede and sealed the match with a goal from Sello Mot­sepa.

A source at the club said they were wor­ried by the 11-point gap be­tween Usuthu and Thanda Royal Zulu.

“Af­ter beat­ing Mbombela a fort­night ago, we were op­ti­mistic of con­tin­u­ing with our win­ning streak, but the loss to new­com­ers has had alarms bells ring­ing again,” said the source.

“The club stated from the start they want­ing noth­ing but a re­turn to the Premier­ship this sea­son and be­ing far off from the log lead­ers like this is wor­ry­ing and the of­fi­cials do not want a re­peat of last sea­son when they in­vested in the team and failed to achieve their goal.

“Man­age­ment doesn’t want to leave it too late like they did with Clive Barker last year and if they feel things are not go­ing their way, they will not hes­i­tate to change per­son­nel at the helm,” the source said.

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from AmaZulu com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Bril­liant Makhathini were fruit­less as his mo­bile phone num­ber was un­reach­able — @rasmthembo. REG­IS­TRA­TION for the sec­ond edi­tion of the Liquor Hub 10KM Fun Run and 5KM Char­ity Walk to be held in the city next month has opened.

City busi­ness­man Raj Modi is bankrolling the race to the tune of $10 000 and the Bulawayo Ath­let­ics Board (Bab), which is co­or­di­nat­ing the meet, be­lieves the De­cem­ber 4 event will at­tract top-notch ath­letes.

Manuel Mpofu, Bab chair­man, said reg­is­tra­tion fees for the event are pegged at $5 for se­niors and $2 for ju­niors.

“As Bab we’re pleased to an­nounce that reg­is­tra­tion for our last event of the year has opened. Those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the race can reg­is­ter at the Liquor Hub Whole­sale, along Fife Street. We en­cour­age ath­letes to reg­is­ter on time to avoid last minute hus­tles be­cause we ex­pect all the coun­try’s top run­ners to par­tic­i­pate,” said Mpofu.

He said the top three in the se­nior men and women’s events will each get $500, $300 and $200.

The ju­nior men’s and women’s first prize is $150, run­ners-up $100 and third-placed $50.

Wheelchair race win­ners in both the men’s and women’s

Joey An­tipas

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