FORMER Warriors captain Danny “Deco” Phiri says following his successful shedding off of a knee injury that was recently aggravated in Tanzania, where he had a brief stint with Tanzanian side Diamond Trust Bank (DTB), he is now hunting for a local club that he can join.
Phiri (33) was compelled to retrace to Zimbabwe early this year and his predicament was compounded by the fact that he will not be able to play outside the country after Zifa was suspended by Fifa over Government interference, a situation which will affect a number of players, who will not able to move to other foreign clubs.
“The truth of the matter is that I’m looking for a local club that I can play for anywhere in the country. I have been doing individual training for a number of weeks now and my wish is to start training with a local club with the aim of returning to full action. I’m happy that I’m fit again after my knee injury that was aggravated in Tanzania, I believe my legs can still carry me,” said Phiri.
The gritty midfielder was previously in the books of Chicken Inn and he joined South Africa’s Golden Arrows in 2016 from Gamecocks and amassed 97 games for Abafana Bes’thende across all competitions in his defensive midfield role.
Earlier on into the South Africa’s 2020 /2021 season the player suffered a career-threatening knee injury and doctors told him he would not play again, but bounced back after five months on the side-lines and did duty for South Africa’s Golden Arrows.
He left the KwaZulu Natal-based Abafana Bes’thende August together with ex-Warriors imposing goalkeeper Edmore “ZiKepeer” Sibanda and quickly moved to DTB, a club that competes in the second-tier division in Tanzania.
While his handlers still believe that Phiri, an ex-Chicken Inn skipper and 2015 Soccer Star of the Year still has what it takes to play at the top level, impeccable sources told Chronicle Sport that the player is one of the many candidates earmarked to assume the role of Chicken Inn junior teams’ manager.
“Chicken Inn has always been my home but I haven’t talked to anyone to that effect. I’m only considering starting training with the club so as to work on my fitness levels, “said the former Bantu Rovers and Railstars player.
He parted ways with Arrows when he was three matches shy of making his 100th appearance.