CHICKEN Inn secretary general Tavengwa Hara has said the addition of the striking duo of Clive Augusto and Leroy “Lister” Ndlovu will help them challenge for the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship.
Augusto became a free agent after he was shown the exit by Caps United after being accused of being one of the ring leaders to the action taken by the Makepekepe players to delay the start of their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against Cranborne Bullets at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Augusto was fired together with Devon Chafa, Denis Dauda, Simbarashe Chinani, Rodwell Chinyengetere and Ronald Chitiyo.
However, Chitiyo, Chinyengetere and Chafa have since been pardoned.
Augusto was said to be headed to Dynamos but it seems a move back to Chicken Inn was more appealing to the former Ngezi Platinum Stars striker.
Chicken Inn indicated that the 27-year-old had signed a two-year contract.
Ndlovu, whose parent club is Black Mambas, was waiting to be cleared by the Harare side so that he could start doing duty for Gamecocks.
“We are happy Augusto has come back home and Leroy has since been cleared by his parent club to start doing duty for us. These are fine players that we hope will add more value in the squad.
They are quality players that add to our string of options. We believe they will help us challenge for the championship,” said Hara.
In 2019, Chicken Inn sold Augusto to Maritzburg United, with the player signing a three-year deal with the South Africa premiership side.
Despite leaving the Gamecocks mid-season, Augusto was still able to win the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Golden Boot after scoring 14 goals.
Augusto failed to replicate the same form in South Africa and was offloaded by Maritzburg United and ended up at Uthongathi. He joined Caps United last year.
Born on 26 July 1994, Augusto grew up in Harare’s high-density suburb of Mabvuku.
His football career took off at DT Africa United under the guidance of veteran mentor Wieslaw Grabowski with the team playing in Division Two.
From there he moved to Twalumba who were playing in the Zifa Northern Region Division One League.
After Twalumba, Augusto turned out for Darwin who were also in the Northern Region D1 League.
Gamecocks, who clinched their first championship in 2015, have been heavily relying on stocky forward Brian Muza, towering Michael Hwata, captain Moses Jackson and skilful Bret Amidu for their goals.