CHICKEN INN head coach Joey Antipas says they are hoping to build on from the Gamecox performances in the previous seasons when the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) begins later this month.
Antipas yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that they were working hard in preparation for their campaign in the league.
“Our preparations for the season are going on very well. We are expecting a tough battle ahead, so we need to have a very competitive side because all the teams will be strong,” he said.
“Our aim is to be very competitive. Chicken Inn have been a force to reckon with in the past seasons and we hope to continue doing that.”
Despite losing key players in the transfer window period the former Motor Action coach is unfazed.
“We lost quality players like Tendai Ndoro, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Felix Chindungwe and Njabulo Nyoni, but I believe that we still have a balanced team.
“We have other players who have joined us and they are settling in well and we expect them to perform well for Chicken Inn,” he said.
Chicken Inn acquired Ramson Zhuwawo, Passmore Benard, Morgen Mungombe and Ishmael Lawe during the transfer window period while Antipas said they were assessing the Plumtree Chiefs duo of George Majika and Toto Banda.
The Gamecox finished on position eight in their maiden appearance in the league in 2011, third in 2012 before going down to sixth last year.
They won the NetOne Charity Shield after beating Caps United 3-2 in Zvishavane, but were booted out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup after losing 1-2 to the Green Machine at Ascot Stadium in Gweru last season.
Chicken Inn will entertain Harare City in the PSL season opener at Luveve Stadium. Antipas has players like Tendai Mukambi, Thabani Goredema, Clemence Matawu, Brian Mbiriri, Danny “Deco” Phiri, Moses Jackson and Guide Goddard.