CHICKEN INN midfielder Bret Amidu last week turned down an invite by Zambian side Lusaka Dynamos to undergo a 10-day trial stint, B-Metro Sport has learnt.
Amidu (24) was invited to Zambia together with his Chicken Inn teammate Obriel Chirinda who accepted the invite and left the country last week Wednesday to attend the trials.
“Chirinda flew out of the country last week Wednesday, but Amidu decided otherwise. Amidu openly told us as a club that he was not willing to try his luck in Zambia citing that he still has a point to prove at Gamecocks. In that regard, we respected Amidu’s decision and it is our hope he will get another invite from elsewhere in Africa or even from Europe,” said Chicken Inn secretary-general Tavengwa Hara.
Mid last year we reported that Egyptian football giants Zamalek went mum on their purported signing of Amidu after they seemed prepared to break the bank for the services of the pint-sized midfielder.
The Egyptians sent an official US$100 000 offer to the former Zimbabwe champions. It was further reported that in terms of Amidu’s personal contract, Zamalek were prepared to fork out US$10 000 as the player’s monthly earnings.
A house and a car were offered as part of the midfielder’s perks.
Asked about the possibilities of having Chirinda making the grade in Zambia, Hara said: “We think Chirinda needed some fresh air as he has been surrounded by too many advisors. He has a running contract with us and we allowed him to have a feel of the demands of playing in a foreign league. He is a good player and we will not be surprised if he makes the grade.”
The bustling forward has also been targeted by Highlanders. However, the Bulawayo football giants reportedly gave up chasing the signature Chirinda after learning that the player still had a running contract with Gamecocks.
If Chirinda does happen to put pen to paper at Lusaka Dynamos, Gamecocks will get replacements for his services from Leroy “Lista” Ndlovu and hard-running Brian Muza.
Ndlovu and Muza were part of the seven new players that Chicken Inn signed early last year to solidify their team.
Muza was snapped from lower division club Talen Vision while Ndlovu came from Black Mambas.
Leading the cast of the new at Gamecocks early last year was Warriors right back Ian Nekati, who was with ZPC Kariba in 2019, and highly rated defensive midfielder Clive Dzingai, who joined from relegated Mushowani Stars.
Other players that also joined Chicken Inn are Paddington Nyamakura who signed from Yadah.
Left- footed Nelson Ketala and Brian Giant also joined Chicken Inn from Ngezi Platinum Stars and lower division side Mosi Rovers.