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Chicken Inn target top players for Champions League
05/12/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Preparing for Champions League ... Joey Antipas
 
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NEWLY crowned premiership champions Chicken Inn are reportedly targeting a number of Soccer Star of the Year finalists as they beef up their squad ahead of their participation in the Caf Champions League next year.

Sources close to Chicken Inn say Joey Antipas is targeting Dynamos defender Ocean Mushure as well as Caps United defender Stephen Makatuka.

Also being considered are Triangle's Hillary Bakacheza and Highlanders' Knox Mutizwa.

The GameCocks are also understood to be chasing veteran Highlanders forward Obadiah Tarumbwa.

Chicken Inn have until the end of the month to seal deals with these players to meet the December 31 registration deadline.

Bakacheza, 25, scored eight goals, leading the Lowveld side to a fourth-place finish on the log table and made it on the Soccer Stars of the Year Calendar.

Makatuka, who turns 27 in two weeks’ time, was a pillar in the Green Machine defence this year, while Tarumbwa combined well with the league’s top goal scorer Knox Mutizwa at Highlanders.

Tarumbwa was on loan from Bantu Rovers, who failed to gain promotion into the top-flight, so Chicken Inn will be looking to snap up the forward before he inks another deal with Bosso ahead of the next term.

Antipas admitted he had started to identify the players he wants to bolster his squad.

He however declined to name the players.

"There are a couple of players I would want in my team as we prepare for the African Champions League.

“I need to add some players in almost every department if we are to stand the heat in the Champions League," said Antipas who won his first league title with Motor Action in 2010.

Chicken Inn had initially said they did not want to play in the African Champions League before reviewing their decision.

According to the Caf Champions League regulations, players should be registered for the tournament by December 31 after which registration done between January 1 and 15 next year will attract a fine of $250 per player.



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