CHICKEN INN CHICKEN OUT
19 December 2016
CHICKEN Inn say they will not push hard in the transfer market to get their way ahead of teams in CAF competitions.
CAPS United and Ngezi Platinum are pushing to conclude deals with some of the best players in the domestic Premiership, in time for their deadlines.
FC Platinum have also been ensuring they get their way in the transfer window as they prepare for the 2017 season.
Yesterday the Gamecocks chairman Lifa Ncube said their stance does not necessarily mean that they are chickening out of the race to sign good players.
“We will not crowd the transfer market at the moment and try to compete with clubs participating in Africa. Instead we will wait and take our time. Besides we have special types of players that we target,” Lifa told H-Metro.
The Gamecocks are expected to be finding replacements for their two national team central defenders Lawrence Mhlanga and Teenage Hadebe who are expected to leave in January.
They are also expected to find in advance replacement for midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu who has been a long-term target of Golden Arrows.
One of their best players in the past two seasons veteran Clemence Matawu may also need to have a long term replacement while they may need to refresh the club.
The Gamecocks had been linked with Hwange star Gift Mbweti and Mutare City talisman Kuda Gurure.
However, they are no longer in a commanding position to sign those players.
“We have a different policy in terms of how we recruit and there is no need to panic on our part. I think if you look at our current players, you will see they are different type of players.
“What is important for us is to remain stable as a club while carefully looking ‘for the right players,” Lifa added.
The Gamecocks chairman added that their end of year review meeting had resolved that there will not be any major shake-up at the club.
Their coach Rahman Gumbo, who signed a two year deal with the club, will lead the 2017 campaign, despite speculation that he is one of the coaches that applied for the Triangle job.
“We asked him about it and he said he is not aware of that. But it still remains within his right to do so anywhere. But the most important thing is that we have a running contract with him.
“It is important to have some form of continuity in the technical team. Changes impact on a lot of things. It even affects you in the transfer market and in ability to retain players. There are lot of things to consider,” said Lifa
After being crowned champions in 2015, Chicken Inn this is managed to finish fourth on the log.
The 2016 performance became their third best performance since they were promoted into the Premiership in 2011.
2011 – Position eight
Chicken Inn 30 10 12 8 32 21 42
2012 – Position three
Chicken Inn 30 13 11 6 39 23 50
2013 – Position six
Chicken Inn 30 12 8 10 41 35 44
2014 – Position six
Chicken Inn 30 12 8 10 31 27 44
2015 – Champions
Chicken Inn 30 18 7 5 45 23 61
2016 – Position four
Chicken Inn 30 13 8 9 31-20 47