Chicken Inn ready for Chiefs challenge

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By Paul Vutete /Courage Nyaya
CHICKEN Inn FC are not intimidated by the Castle Lager Premier League’s giant killers Bulawayo Chiefs, who sent shockwaves in the topflight when they upstaged champions FC Platinum last week.

Chiefs face another stern test when they confront the former champions in what is expected to be a tough and exciting Bulawayo derby.

Chicken Inn have been tipped to be one of the title contenders and the jury is still out on Chiefs who conducted some shrewd business on the transfer market by bringing in among others Warriors midfielder Kelvin Madzongwe and the Moyo twins (Kelvin and Elvis) as they seek to make an impact on the local football scene.

Chicken Inn assistant coach Prince Matore said they didn’t look at which players their opponents have in their ranks, but focused on being the better and hungrier team on the day.

“We are not scared of competition. After all, it is not about who has a better team, but rather who wants to win more and has a better fighting spirit. Our opponents are not strangers. It is a challenge worth enjoying. At the end of the day, it all rests on how well we have prepared and played to win,” Matore said.

Chicken Inn currently sit fifth on the league table and will be looking to improve their ranking.

Matore said his team had prepared well for the resumption of the league which had taken a break to give way to the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

“We are preparing well, be it physically or mentally and the previous game’s result is simply a result of hard work. So far so good as far as preparations are concerned.”

Bulawayo Chiefs coach Norton Terreso urged his players to guard against complacency following their heroic win over FC Platinum at the weekend.

“What we did against FC Platinum is history and should not influence our next game on Saturday. Players should not be carried away by that win because we have only played three games in the league. For us, preparation is a continuous cycle, when we finish the game we analyse, assess and build for another opponent,” Terreso said.

He said his players could draw confidence from the FC Platinum performance.

“Yes, it gives us a good feeling and some confidence, but we cannot confuse confidence with arrogance we have to perform to have results,” he said.

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