Chicken Inn faces exodus

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CHICKEN INN’S Premiership, could be derailed by an exodus of players to the Absa Premiership with three players set for trials in South Africa.

FORTUNE MBELE
SPORTS REPORTER

Leading Castle Lager Premier League scorer Tendai Ndoro left for South Africa on Sunday to try his luck with Wits University after the Warriors relinquished the Cosafa Castle Cup title to Zambia’s Chipolopolo in a 2-0 defeat at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday.

Ndoro has banged in 11 goals for Chicken Inn and notched a brace for the Warriors in Zambia when they beat Lesotho in semi-finals of the Cosafa Castle Senior Challenge Cup last Wednesday.

Chicken Inn skipper Felix Chindungwe could also be in for a dream move when he goes for a trial stint with Mamelodi Sundowns after he returns from taking part in the African Nations Championships (Chan) against Mauritius at the weekend.
Chindungwe has formed the core of the Warriors defence after impressing in the local league and attracting the attention of former national team coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels.

Another Chicken Inn player who has headed down South is striker Mkhokheli Dube who is on trials with Mpumalanga Black Aces who won the promotion-relegation playoffs, involving Chippa United and Santos. But Aces’ return to the Absa Premiership hangs in the balance after Thanda Royal Zulu went to arbitration arguing they did not play the same number of games with National First Division winners Polokwane City.

Judgment in the matter is expected today.
Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube yesterday confirmed Ndoro and Dube were in South Africa and said he is awaiting an invitation for Chindungwe to travel to Sundowns after the Mauritius trip.

“Ndoro is in South Africa and Dube is training with Mpumalanga. As for Chindungwe, we got a call yesterday (Monday) from some people who said they will be sending an invitation today (yesterday) for him to travel to Sundowns,” he said.

Ncube said he was happy about the turn of events for the club players and the ambitious Castle Lager Premiership side will not stand in the way of their players going for greener pastures.

“There is no way we can stand in the way of the players if they make it in South Africa. As Chicken Inn, when we came into the Premiership it has always been one of our aims to promote and try to market players,” he added.

He said they knew the movements would always be coming especially regarding their hitman Ndoro and that is why they had acquired the services of Clement Matawu and Dylan Chivandire during the current transfer window period.
Ndoro is on trials at Wits with former Warriors defender Dickson Choto and the two could be joining Benjani Mwaruwari, Tinashe Nengomasha, Denver Mukamba and Thomas Sweswe.

The Brazilians, as the Sundowns are popularly known, are home to Esrom Nyandoro, Method Mwanjali, who is also on trial with Aces, Cuthbert Malajila and Lionel Mutizwa, who is likely to spend another season at AmaTuks.

Dube is not new to South Africa after he had a brief stint with AmaZulu after coming from the United States before joining Chicken Inn.