Joey Antipas

Shine in Malawi for future selection: Antipas

Fungai Muderere
CHICKEN Inn mentor Joey Antipas has urged all his players that will travel to Malawi on Tuesday for a four-team invitational tournament to highly consider showcasing top drawer performances for them to be considered for future selection.

The Gamecocks will be taking part in an invitational tournament in Malawi as part of their pre-season preparations, and they will combine that trip with their pre-season camp after being invited by Malawi champions Nyasa Big Bullets.

Bullets wrote to the Simbisa Brands, Black Shark, Bonvie Medical Aid Scheme and Zibuko Capital sponsored 2015 champions saying the Malawi FA had accepted their proposal to host Antipas’ charges and two other clubs, Clube Ferroviário de Nampula from Mozambique and the other Be Forward Wanderers from Malawi.

“We are going to Malawi where we are going to play three games in the tournament. While it presents a chance for our new players to bond with the old ones, all the players that are going to play should just take it easy. However, it’s a new squad and all the players should start showing what they are made of for them to be considered for the future,” said the soft spoken Antipas.

The local Castle Lager Premier Soccer League action is set to resume on 30 March and the Gamecocks, who are set to travel with between 25 and 30 players to Malawi via Zambia, have in the recent past weeks shown some serious title intentions by raiding Dynamos, Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum in the process getting quality arsenal.

They recently signed Dynamos’ attacking midfielder-cum winger Valentine Kadonzvo as well as Panashe Mutasa, son to ex-DeMbare coach and player Lloyd Mutasa.

Former Glamour Boys and Hwange defender Phakamani Dube now belongs to the Chicken Inn camp which also signed Sipho Ndlovu from Bulawayo City, Clive Augusto from Ngezi Platinum Stars, and Harare City’s Malvin Gaki.

A fortnight ago Gamecocks continued on a rich vein of form in the transfer market with their latest new signings being the duo of former senior national team goalkeeper Donovan Bernard and midfielder Tichaona Chipunza who come in from Ngezi Platinum Stars.

Meanwhile, Chicken Inn and Highlanders will battle it out in the revised 2019 ZNA Charity Shield Cup, which has seen organisers changing the competition’s format from a four-team competition to a two-team event.

Organisers of the tournament have set March 10 as the provisional date for the clash between the two sides, which met in last year’s semi-finals, which Bosso won 2-1.

The army is targeting to raise $20 000 from the Highlanders and Chicken Inn clash.

Proceeds from the tournament will be channelled towards the five ZNA charities, the Tsanga Lodge Convalescent Centre in Nyanga for the rehabilitation of injured soldiers; the Benevolence Fund for the welfare of troops on internal, external and international operations, ZNA Schools Welfare Trust, which has a total of 12 primary and five secondary schools, as well as the Widows and Orphans’ Fund that takes care of widows of soldiers before they receive terminal benefits.

The March 10 date suits Bosso well, as they are in their pre-season and are in no rush to start playing competitive matches as they want their players to gradually develop their muscles while preparing for a tough Premiership season, which kicks off end of next month.

Last year, gate charges were set at $3 for the rest of the ground and $5 for the VIP wings.

Dynamos, who beat Highlanders in last year’s final, got $15 000, with Bosso walking away $10 000 richer.