The Sunday News
Fungai Muderere, Senior Sports Reporter
CHICKEN Inn president Lifa Ncube has reckoned that they have seen no reason to tamper with their technical department amid revelations that the club’s head coach Joey Antipas has extended his stay at Gamecocks by two more years.
The Gamecocks finished last season in second position, three behind winners FC Platinum.
“We have always had a good working relationship with Joey Antipas and other members of the technical team. As such, Antipas has extended his stay at the club by two more years. We finished the season on position two and have seen no reason to tamper with our technical team. This is a positive move that brings stability to the club,” said Ncube.
Antipas’s trusted lieutenant Prince Matore is expected to open his commitment in the next few days.
The 2015 champions have already secured some of the players on Antipas’ wish list and are only waiting for the gaffer to return from holiday so that he notifies them which ones must be released. Gamecocks have already signed 29-year-old attacking midfielder Clive Dzingai from relegated Mushowani Stars and unheralded 23-year-old Mosi Rovers defender Brian Giant.
When the 2019 season started, Chicken Inn brought in a number of players, who included the Ngezi Platinum Stars’ trio of goalkeeper Donovan Bernard, defensive midfielder Tichaona Chipunza and striker Clive Augusto.
They also signed the Dynamos trio of right-back Phakamani Dube, central midfielder Brett Amidu and winger Valentine Kadonzvo as well as winger Malvin Gaki from Harare City. In mid-season, utility player Liberty Chakoroma joined the Gamecocks from Ngezi Platinum.
Their title charge somehow lost steam after they lost striker Augusto to South African side Maritzburg United in mid-season. Augusto had banged in 14 goals by the time he left and no other player was able to surpass his tally and he claimed the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Golden Boot award.