Obadiah Tarumbwa (2)

Chicken inn snatch Oba, get Zambia tourney invite

Fungai Muderere
ZIMBABWE’S representatives in the 2015 Caf Champions League inter club football Chicken Inn have acquired veteran striker Obadiah Tarumbwa and creative midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu on a permanent basis from Southern Region Division One club Bantu Rovers.

Tarumbwa has been on the Gamecocks radar for the last couple of weeks while Kutinyu, a Zimbabwe international, did duty for the Innscor sponsored outfit last season when he was on a season’s loan from Tshintsha Guluva.

“I can confirm that Bantu Rovers and Chicken Inn have agreed on a permanent deal on Tafadzwa Kutinyu. Talks are also at an advanced stage with regards to another permanent deal involving Obadiah Tarumbwa,” said Bantu Rovers secretary-general Wilbert Sibanda.

Although Tarumbwa, a former Zimbabwe youth international who has had playing stints in Belgium, Cyprus, Kenya and South Africa, is yet to put pen to paper, he started training with the Gamecocks on Wednesday. He is reportedly still negotiating some personal terms with the Innscor sponsored outfit.

B-Metro Sport has it on good authority that Kutinyu signed a three-year contract with the Joey Antipas’ star studded side that also has combative captain Danny “Deco” Phiri, a skillful George Majika, hard running Thabani “Dubula” Goredema, old war horse Clemence Matawu, hard running Canaan Nkomo, goal poacher Edmore Chirambadare, goalminder Elvis Chipezeze, Passmore Bernard, Moses Jackson and Ishmael Lawe.

Tarumbwa had a stellar 2015 season at Highlanders where he was on a season’s loan combining well with Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Golden Boot Award winner and Soccer Star of the Year second runner up Knox Mutizwa.

Gamecocks and Bantu Rovers seem to be enjoying a good working relationship amid revelations that the latter had also released Warriors central defender Teenage Hadebe to the former on a one-year loan.

At the end of 2015, Chicken Inn registered Tarumbwa, Hadebe and Kutinyu in their 28-member squad for the Caf Champions League, an indication that the Gamecocks were serious about getting their service.

Meanwhile, Chicken Inn have been invited for a tournament in Zambia by Zesco United.

Zesco United are the Zambian league champions and just like the Gamecocks they will be participating in the Caf Champions League.

The invitational tournament will feature another Zambia side Zanaco and Tanzania side AZAM.

According to a statement from Zesco United the four-team tournament will take place between Wednesday to 3 February at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

Speaking to FAZFootball.com Zesco United public relations officer Katebe Chengo said: “It is traditional for us since 2014 to host the four-team tournament for which matches are basically played as friendlies and there are no financial rewards for participants and winners.

“In 2014 we hosted the tournament in Ndola when Mamelodi Sundowns, Don Bosco and Power Dynamos participated and last year the tournament was held in Congo featuring Azam, Don Bosco, Zesco United and TP Mazembe.

“Chicken Inn, Azam and Zanaco confirmed that they will be available for this year’s tournament.”

He added that the teams will all play each other in a round robin format. All the teams are participating either in the Caf Champions League or Confederation Cup and the tournament is meant to assist them in their preparations.