Belito Antonio

Mozambican striker for Chicken Inn

Fungai Muderere recently in Malawi

CHICKEN INN have formally engaged Clube Ferrovairo de Nampula of Mozambique for the services of their stocky striker Belito Antonio, one of the star performers at the Nyasa Big Four Bonanza four-team tournament that concluded in Malawi on Monday. 

Gamecocks, hosts Nyasa Big Bullets, Be Forward Wanderers and Clube Ferrovairo de Nampula took part in the four-day contest where Antonio (24) scored two goals for his side from three matches.

“At the recommendation of our coach Joey Antipas, we have officially engaged Clube Ferrovairo de Nampula on the services of their striker Antonio. We are very much interested in the player’s services,” said Chicken Inn chairman Juta Tshuma.

Antonio (24) reportedly finished as Mozambique’s 2018 second top goal scorer with nine goals, two shy of the eventual winner of the Golden Boot Award in their elite football league.

Before they left Zimbabwe for their Malawi tour, Antipas told this publication that Chicken Inn players willing to gamble on their careers by sitting on their laurels in the build-up to the upcoming season might find themselves on the sidelines as he was not going to hesitate to sign players at the just concluded tournament.

Club spokesperson Tawengwa Hara, who was however, not part of the Gamecocks delegation that travelled to Blantyre, is on record saying they were hunting for a “lethal striker” that will add firepower in the team that has shown some serious title intentions by raiding Dynamos, Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum to get quality arsenal.

Chicken Inn’s top scorer last season was Obriel Chirinda with seven goals.

The Gamecocks, who enjoy a sound sponsorship from Simbisa Brands, Blackshark Protection Services, Bonvie Medical Aid Scheme and Zibuko Capital, recently, broke the bank to secure the services of Ngezi Platinum trio of striker Clive Augusto, goalkeeper Donovan Bernard and Tichaona Chipunza.

They also signed Brett Amidu, Sipho Ndlovu, Phakamani Dube, Valentine Kadonzvo, Malvin Gaki and Panashe Mutasa, players they all took to Malawi for the invitational tournament.

They used the tournament as part of their pre-season preparations and they combined the trip with their pre-season camp. Last year, Chicken Inn played Zanaco and Nkana Red Devils of Zambia at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo in February as part of their pre-season preparations.