The Sunday News
Fungai Muderere, Senior Sports Reporter
GUIDE Goddard has over the years declared his love for Chicken Inn, both on and off the pitch, which was a significant boost to the Gamecocks and their hopes of fine dances led by the veteran defensive player.
Goddard made a massive 14 years of service in the Simbisa Brands sponsored club. Since 2009 Goddard had worn no other jersey except the Chicken Inn strip and has kissed no other club badge except the famous Gamecocks logo.
As such, it is not chameleonic caution to mention that after spending a decade plus four years at the Gamecocks, adjusting to a new club locally or in a new country was always going to be difficult for the former Highlanders player and Zimbabwe youth international.
“Hard work and discipline have taken me this far at Chicken Inn but most importantly it is how the club has treated me that has continuously cultivated my love for the Chicken Inn badge. I have been treated with lots of respect and will always be grateful.
“However, my stay at Chicken Inn as a player had ups and downs but mostly ups as I won the championship (2015) and the NetOne Cup (2013),” said Goddard who has now been appointed coach of Chicken Inn’s developmental side that plays in the Zifa Southern Region Division Two League.
At the developmental side Goddard, a Level One coaching certificate holder, works hand in hand with ex-AmaZulu and Zimbabwe Saints great, Nkosana “Sancho” Gumbo. Their charges currently sit on the apex of the log in the 16-member league with 15 points from six games.
The league has Crusaders, Toronto, Black Boots, Nust, Zebra Revolution and East Rovers as other competitors for the top accolade. Goddard attained his coaching badge last year alongside ex-Gamecocks captain Moses Jackson who now turns out for Northern Region Division One side, Green Eagles. It is Goddard’s commitment to the Chicken Inn Football Club that has kept his admirers talking good about him and as we say cheers to Gamecocks 14 Mr G. – @FungaiMuderere