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Battle for players

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FOLLOWING the end of the African Nations Championships (Chan) on Saturday, jostling for players is expected to reach high levels this week as clubs reinforce their squads by capturing some of the players who were part of the Warriors team which finished fourth in South Africa.

SUKOLUHLE MTHETHWA
SPORTS REPORTER

The competition ended with Libya who shattered Zimbabwe’s hope of reaching the final of the competition lifting the trophy after beating Ghana 4-3 on penalties.

Highlanders are reported to be after the signature of the Chicken Inn tough-tackling defender Felix Chindungwe, but it has emerged that he agreed terms to extend the contract to two years with the Innscor-sponsored side before his departure to South Africa.

The Bulawayo giants have also expressed interest in Hwange defender Eric Chipeta who had a good tournament in the Chan competition.

However, there is likely to be a tussle for the player as Zvishavane side FC Platinum are keen on signing him, while Hwange coach Nation Dube told Southern Eye Sport last week that local clubs should forget about signing the Chipeta.

Dube said they would only allow Chipeta to move to foreign clubs if he impressed any team during the Chan competition.

Chipeta was a key player for Hwange last season scoring crucial goals for the coalminers. His hard work did not go unnoticed as he was a soccer star of the year finalist last year.

FC Platinum have also secured Gift Bello who was out of contract with Dynamos and are also eager to rehire their former defender Lincoln Zvasiya from Kaizer Chiefs.

Warriors midfielder Danny “Deco” Phiri, who has a running contract with Chicken Inn, has also been reported to be eyeing a move to Highlanders.

Chicken Inn are keen on keeping the player and head coach Joey Antipas has made it clear that Phiri is in his plans for the 2014 season.

Former FC Platinum midfielder Charles Sibanda, who was also with the national team, could seal his move to Highlanders following the expiry of his contract on December 31.

Dynamos and Chicken Inn are the possible destinations for Sibanda who missed some of the Chan matches after he picked up an injury in the match against Burkina Faso.

Bosso are also likely to renew the contracts of Milton Ncube and Peter “Rio” Moyo, although the dreadlocked midfielder has impressed a number of South Africa sides.

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