Ambitious newly-promoted Premiership side Chicken Inn have roped in the services of former Highlanders’ left wing back Dumisani “Savimbi” Nyoni as welfare manager in their debut season.
A reliable source yesterday told NewsDay Sport that the former Highlanders defender and Division One side FC Windermere official, has joined Chicken Inn as they seek their fortunes in the Premiership.
“Savimbi has joined Chicken Inn. He has in principle agreed to be part of the team as welfare manager. He is interested although I am not too sure if he has signed any contract.
“If he signs, I understand he is going to be responsible for training programmes in liaison with the coach. He is also going to maintain discipline in camp and also monitor player fitness,” the source said. The source could not give further details save to say in principle “Savimbi” was now with the fast foods outlet team.
Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube confirmed the move but said there were still some finer details of the deal with Nyoni that had to be finalised.
“We are working on something like that but we are still finalising,” Ncube said, without giving any further details.
Earlier, quizzed for a comment on the engagement of Nyoni, Chicken Inn spokesperson Tavengwa Hara referred this reporter to Ncube for comments on all technical appointments.
Meanwhile, 2008 coach of the year with Njube Sundowns Philani “Beefy” Ncube remains the head coach, while his assistant is yet to be announced as Philani Mabhena has left the club.
NewsDay Sport is reliably informed that Mabhena, whose contract at Chicken Inn has expired, will be assistant coach at the other Premiership debutantes FC Platinum (formerly Mimosa), who are courting former AmaZulu coach Benjamin Moyo to head the technical team.
On Monday Mabhena denied that he was going to FC Platinum saying he was still employed by the fast foods outlet team.
However, Chicken Inn chairman confirmed Mabhena’s departure but could not say where his former assistant coach was going.
“He has left Chicken Inn,” Ncube said. Former manager Juma Phiri has been elevated and he now leaves the technical department and will now be administrative officer. Ncube said all the other technical appointments will be made in due course.
Like the rest of the clubs that have been bolstering their teams for the 2011 season, Chicken Inn have not been idle, making changes to the technical team and signing up players before the Fifa window period closes on January 31.
Chicken Inn have acquired the services of former Bantu Rovers captain Danny “Deco” Phiri and goalkeeper Liberty Chirava.
They have also signed former Underhill defender Felix Chindungwe, who last year plied his trade in Harare for Shooting Stars.
The fast foods outlet team is currently holding trials at Luveve Stadium, which started last week and were attended by over 50 players.