Newly-promoted Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Chicken Inn have opened the chequebook and signed former Shooting Stars defender Felix Chindungwe and relegated Bantu Rovers’ duo of midfielder Danny “Deco” Phiri and goalkeeper Liberty Chirava.
Chicken Inn secretary Tavengwa Hara yesterday confirmed that the trio had put pen to paper with fastfoods outlet team.
Hara said Chicken Inn were negotiating with Buscod Zifa Southern Region Division One Soccer League top goal scorer and Railstars player Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube to join the ambitious club.
“We have signed contracts with Chirava, Deco and Chindungwe and they are now Chicken Inn players. We are still negotiating with Njabulo and we are hoping to make a breakthrough,” Hara said.
He said he was not at liberty to disclose the contracts as this was a confidential issue.
“As for the two Bantu Rovers players we negotiated with their previous employers and Chindungwe was a free agent after playing for Shooting Stars last season. That will be all I can say. I cannot get into further details of their contracts because players do not like it to seea their contracts being discussed in the newspapers,” Hara said.
Chindungwe played for Underhill for three seasons before joining Harare side Shooting Stars last year. Chindungwe was registered by the now defunct Njube Sundowns for the 2009 national play-offs played in Kwekwe, where he acquitted himself well and was spotted by Shooting Stars, then coached by Moses “Bambo” Chunga.
Chirava is a promising goalkeeper, who is a member of the Under-23 Warriors while Deco was inspirational in the Bantu Rovers midfield together with Arnold “Majaivana” Tshuma and Johannes Ngodzo and will bring some experience to the newly promoted side.
Bantu Rovers, owned by former Highlanders coach Methembe Ndlovu, were relegated from the Premiership at the end of last season, bringing to an end their two-year romance with the top flight league.
Chicken Inn are on the hunt for players as they make their maiden appearance in the country’s elite league under former coach of the year Philani Ncube.
Chicken Inn is part of a regional integrated group and Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed company Innscor Africa, which has interests in fast foods, manufacturing, distribution, export and retail.