CHICKEN Inn coach Joey Antipas is upbeat ahead of the 2019 season tomorrow.
The Gamecocks will host ZPC Kariba at Luveve on Saturday.
“We have prepared long and hard and we are just about getting there,” said Antipas.
“We have been training for days on end but without playing competitive football so we are looking forward to the start of the season.
“The Malawi trip was good, it helped us in many ways, especially with the bonding, since we have new players who needed to blend in with the old.
“We played three games in a space of four days and I think that helped boost our match fitness,” said Antipas.
Champions FC Platinum will get the ball rolling tomorrow when they face Harare City in a tricky match at Rufaro.
The Zvishavane side, along with Chicken Inn, Triangle and Ngezi Platinum Stars, have been tipped to compete as front-runners in this year’s title fight. Dynamos have been handed a huge “favour” by playing Mushowani at Rufaro since the newboys’ proposed home, Trojan in Bindura, has been condemned by the authorities.
CAPS United will host league debutants Manica Diamonds at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Harare City v FC Platinum (Rufaro)
Black Rhinos v Highlanders (National Sports Stadium), Chicken Inn v ZPC Kariba (Luveve Stadium), Mushowani Stars v Dynamos (Rufaro), Chapungu v Bulawayo Chiefs (Mandava).
CAPS United v Manica Diamonds (National Sports Stadium), Triangle United v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Gibbo), Hwange v Yadah (Colliery), Herentals v TelOne (Rufaro).