WARRIORS’ bit-part player Quincy Antipas has revealed how an ankle injury scuttled a potential move to Italy’s Serie A after Atalanta came calling.
Report by Kevin Mapasure
Antipas’ disappointment was however alleviated by signing for Denmark top-flight club Brondby with whom he penned a three-and-a- half-year deal last week before linking up with his fellow Warriors ahead of their Afcon 2013 final qualifier against Angola, in which Zimbabwe triumphed 3-1.
The former Caps United front man linked up with his new teammates this week.
Antipas told IndependentSport he was alerted of Atalanta’s interest by his agents but suffered an injury before a deal could be thrashed out.
Atalanta, however, were unwilling to meet his old Danish club (SønderjyskE)’s valuation of the striker who scored 14 goals last term.
“I was told that Atalanta was interested; in fact we talked about this a number of times with the agents, but I got injured before anything could be concluded,” said Antipas. “There were some delays also on because of valuation disagreements but Brondby just came and paid what SønderjyskE had asked for. I was disappointed a bit that I couldn’t move to Serie A but I have joined a big club, one of the two biggest in Denmark. This club has history; many famous players came through that club so I’m excited at the prospect of turning out for them.”
Qunicy’s father Joey who is involved in all of his son’s transfers confirmed the Atalanta interest.
“He was very close to the Atalanta move but it was a combination of injury and a breakdown in negotiations that hampered the move,” said Joey. “We are still pleased with the move that he has made as it shows he is doing well and is improving with each season.”
Besides the Serie A lightweights, there was also interest from Holland where FC Gronigen made inquiries, as did Club Brugge of Belgium.
Antipas enjoyed one of his better seasons since moving to Denmark where he finished top-scorer at his club, thus alerting top clubs.
Brondby has splurged on new players this season to try and bring back glory days after an indifferent season last term.
Antipas, a striker for his team as opposed to the wide positions he is oft-employed in with the Warriors, has already set his sight on finishing this season as the top marksman for his new employers.
“I just want to do well at Brondby; it’s a big team and I hope we can make it into Europe. The Danish league is very competitive, if I can finish the season as the team’s top-scorer that would be a good start.”
Antipas’ relationship with the national team has not been rosy as coaches have used him sparingly, often from the bench as was the case in the match against Angola. His preferred position is congested with the likes of knowledge Musona almost always delivering.
“I prefer to play as a striker but in the national team they have always used me as a winger. I have no problem with that, I will always try to do the job when called upon. There is quite a difference however between the way we play here and the way football is played in Denmark. It is more tactical that side.”