MKHOKHELI Dube and Canaan Nkomo have extended their stay at Chicken Inn as the GameCocks have also added former Highlanders’ Tapiwa Dephistara and Chiredzi’s David Temwanjira for the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer league season.
Without divulging details of the contracts that the players have signed, club chairman Lifa Ncube yesterday confirmed they had signed Dephistara who was axed by Bosso, and Chiredzi FC striker David Temwanjira.
“Mkhokheli (Dube) and (Canaan) Nkomo have extended their stay with us while we have signed David Temwanjira and Tapiwa Dephistara,” he said.
“We have also promoted five players from our junior ranks in addition to Mitchelle Katsvairo and Edmore Chirambadare. That will be enough for Chicken Inn.”
The deals were handled by Mlungisi Moyo who is now the Chicken Inn treasurer.
Goalkeeper Wandile Ndlovu joins Elvis Chipezeze and Pride Zendera while promoted juniors are Amos Ncube, Thulani Nxusani, Musa Phiri, Tambudzai Ngulube and Brighton Manhire.
Katsvairo joins Chicken Inn from FC Platinum with Chirambadare coming from Tsholotsho FC.
The GameCocks released Ramson Zhuwao, Charles Mutero, Tonderai Charles, Last Chibwiro and goalkeeper Bhekimpilo Ncube, but retained most of their players from last year and started pre-season preparations on Tuesday at Hartsfield Rugby Ground.
Coach Joey Antipas was expected to join them yesterday.
Some of the players that Chicken Inn have retained are Danny “Deco” Phiri, Guide Goddard, Clemence Matawu, Passmore Benard, Bhekimpilo “Barca” Ncube, Thomas Chimenya, Ishmael Lawe, Ben Nyahunzvi, Moses Jackson, Toto Banda, Lawrence Mhlanga, Devine Lunga, Thabani Goredema, Brian Juru, Brian Mbiriri and George Majika.
Sources say Tendai Mukumbi is now at Chapungu United.
Meanwhile, former How Mine and Dynamos defender George Magariro has followed coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube at newly-promoted Zifa Matabeleland South Division One side BCC Golden Stars with former Highlanders captain Gilbert Banda also eyeing a move to the local authority outfit.