BULAWAYO – Castle Premiership campaigners Chicken Inn have appointed former Motor Action coach Joey Antipas as replacement for Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu, who quit the Bulawayo club this week.
Mpofu tendered his resignation on Monday following a poor run of form that left the Gamecocks off the pace in the championship race.
This reporter Tuesday bumped into former Arcadia United and Warriors defender Antipas at an Innscor-owned establishment and he confirmed that he had agreed terms with the Gamecocks management.
“I have just held talks with them (Chicken Inn) and what is left is to iron out the finer details,” Antipas said.
Indications are that Antipas will begin work with immediate effect as he tries to salvage a season that started promisingly for the Gamecocks.
Chicken Inn began the season on a high by lifting the NetOne Charity Shield and at one time where considered as one of the contenders for the league championship.
Their league campaign however, went off the rails in the second half of the season and this culminated in Mpofu’s resignation on Monday in what insiders have described as a result of his failure to withstand the heat.
Mpofu himself told the Daily News yesterday that he had seen it fit to step aside since the results were not forthcoming.
“At times there are situations whereby one has to take stock of the situation and make a decision that will benefit everyone and I had to step aside since the results were not coming.
“This is a decision that I arrived at on my own and I was not pushed into resigning but it was after some soul searching,” Mpofu said.
Chicken Inn chairperson Lifa Ncube admitted that his club had begun looking for Mpofu’s replacement but said Antipas was one of the coaches they were in talks with.