SYDNEY Linyama, registered by Dynamos for the 2013 Orange Caf Champions League, is still a Chicken Inn player and could be joining the Bulawayo side as they start their preparations for the 2013 Castle Lager Premiership football season at Gifford High School today.
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Chicken Inn kick-start their groundwork for the upcoming season under head coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu following the untimely death of Adam “Adamski” Ndlovu in a ghastly traffic accident last month.
Linyama, whose contract with the GameCox runs until December 31 this year, has been training with the league champions since they began their preparations for the year, but Chicken Inn secretary-general Tavengwa Hara yesterday said they had not concluded negotiations with DeMbare.
“We have not concluded with Dynamos although discussions are still going on. The matter is being handled by the chairman (Lifa Ncube).
“We are almost there, but Linyama is still a Chicken Inn player. Until we issue a clearance letter to Dynamos on whatever conditions, he is still our player and if we fail to agree on terms, he is coming back to us,” Hara said.
Hara said they had welcomed back midfielder Hardlife Mavundi from FC Platinum and he would be joining the club’s first training session at Gifford today.
The Chicken Inn spokesperson said left-footed linkman Bantu Rovers’ Kudakwashe Mahachi, who had been linked to Caps United and Highlanders, had signed with them, but chairman Ncube is also handling the Under-20 Young Warriors’ player’s negotiations with Bantu Rovers.
An impeccable source yesterday told NewsDay Sport that former Platinum captain and Highlanders right-back Zephania Ngodzo, who has been targeted by Premiership debutantes How Mine and Caps United, was also discussing with Chicken Inn.
The source said two other Platinum players Cabby Kamhapa and William Manondo could also be on their way to Chicken Inn together with Monomotapa centre-back Morgan Mungombe.
Hwange right-back Tonisani Sibelo is also joining the fast foods outlet team as a free agent.
Under the late Adamski, who took over from Philani “Beefy” Ncube in 2011, Chicken Inn last year ended the season on position three behind champions DeMbare and runners-up Bosso.
They won a ticket to represent the country in the Orange Caf Confederation Cup, but opted out citing lack of experience.
The Under-20 Young Warriors assistant coach Lulu will be assisted by Sikhumbuzo “China” Banda and goalkeepers’ coach Julius Ndlovu while Tizirayi Luphahla is the welfare manager.