Danish Superliga giants Brondby could be cursing themselves for releasing Zimbabwe international forward Quincy Antipas.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Brondby shipped Antipas to newly-promoted Hobro IK who announced that Antipas was the biggest signing in their history.
The two sides met two weeks ago with the minnows performing a 2-0 giant-slaying act.
Chief orchestrator of that triumph was Antipas who ran rings around the Uefa Europa Cup contestants’ defence and made an assist for Hobro’s second goal.
But he does not take pride in playing a major role in Brondby’s demise.
“Nothing different from any game. I am still a supporter and friends with Brondby people. I think I am past that stage of emotions as I am 30-years-old now. Just playing is fine with me,” he said.
The Zimbabwean was nominated Superilga Player of the Week after that. He struck again the following weekend in another giant-killing act of a 3-0 win away at the most successful team in Denmark, FC Copenhagen.
It was in that match that he opened his scoring account for Hobro with a seventh minute header.
He went on to assist the second goal while he had a touch in the early build-up of the third to spur Hobro to the top of the standings after four games into the season where they have three wins and a defeat.
Video footage of all his Hobro matches will leave one wondering why Zimbabwean coaches always fool themselves when it comes to national player selection.
Starting his Superliga career at lower division side HB Koge before switching to Sonderyjske, many would conclude that leaving Brondby for Hobro is a setback in his career.
But Antipas is unperturbed by his move from giants to debutants.
He takes the move as a springboard for a brighter future.
“I joined Hobro for future plans. I left Brondby for better,” he said. “It is the same everywhere in Europe in general. Not much a big change in terms of lifestyle. I played for a small club before Brondby so it is the exact same. I feel very comfortable and content with life here,” said Antipas.
It seems his plan is working as he is dominant at a small club and in the process drawing attention from big guns.
Playing the game of his life, Denmark has now stood still to watch the former Motor Action and CAPS United man who despite being 30-years-old, wants his next move to be big.
“Yes it has to be a total package,” he says. “It is difficult for me to consider my move as it has to really be a big team or a considerable salary increase. Football changes at any moment up or down.”
He is however not bitter about being called for the national team only to be benched or sometimes being overlooked while he is a regular at the highest level of football.
“Every person has to make a choice and coaches have the difficult ones in selecting players. Each game in Africa has its own difficulties. It is very difficult for an individual to make that much impact unless you are the special type,” he said.