FOUR seasoned players Guide Goddard, Ian Nekati, Passmore Bernard and Moses Jackson have further committed to Chicken Inn amid revelations that the club has managed to retain the core of their 2019 squad.
Gamecocks’ secretary general Tavengwa Hara said they were pleased to have managed to have their veteran players sign with them again.
“We are happy that we have managed to maintain our team. Guide Goddard, Ian Nekati, Passmore Bernard and our captain Moses Jackson renewed their contracts with us. These are our veteran players who the coaches have so much confidence in,” said Hara.
The quartet was part of the Chicken Inn squad that successfully toured Malawi in February 2020 where they clinched the Malawi Energem International Bonanza tournament pre-season tournament.
At the contest, Gamecocks finished the tournament with a 100 percent record and without conceding a goal after they beat UD Songo (2-0), Be Forward Wanderers and Malawi champions Nyasa Big Bullets by an identical 1-0 score line.
To echo coach Joey Antipas’ sentiments, Hara, said: “While we decided to remain clear from the coronavirus, I must say these coronavirus developments have greatly affected us as a club because after our trip to Malawi, we were ready to go. However, life is more precious than football. We have to continue working hard, look after ourselves and we have been encouraged to remain professional.”
The club no longer has the services of midfield maestro Clemence Matawu.
The former national team midfielder hung his boots late last year despite efforts by Antipas to convince him to continue playing.
Matawu (38) has enjoyed a good working relationship with Antipas, a bond that dates back from their days at the now defunct Motor Action together with Prince Matore, the assistant coach at the Gamecocks.
Last year, the midfielder graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sport Science and Coaching to join a growing list of local footballers attaining academic qualifications.
As many marvelled at his brilliance on the field of play, juggling between training sessions and studies, in 2017, Matawu wrote his own piece of history when he joined an exclusive club of the country’s finest players by finishing among the Soccer Stars of the Year finalists for a record breaking sixth time in the modern Premier Soccer League era.
Since his return from Poland in 2011, the soft spoken Matawu refused to be slowed down by age, scoring crucial goals for Chicken Inn and making it into the Soccer Stars list three times on the trot from 2015.
He had previously made it into the best 11 in 2003, 2004 and 2006 when he was crowned the king of Zimbabwean football, beating former Highlanders midfielder Honour Gombami for the top gong.