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Champions League: Chicken Inn seek international friendly
11/01/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
We just need to test ourselves ... Joey Antipas
 
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CHICKEN Inn is seeking an international friendly match ahead of the 2016 Caf Champions League debut where they face South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns in the preliminary round next month.

The first leg will be played in Bulawayo on the weekend of February 12-14 with the second set for the Lucas ‘Masterpieces’ Moripe Stadium or Loftus Versveld in Pretoria two weeks later.

With Sundowns already in the second half of the Absa Premiership, Chicken Inn are worried about their own lack of competitiveness since they are just coming from off-season.

“They (Sundowns) are busy, they are playing, we have been on holiday and it would be good for us to have at least one friendly to test ourselves at the highest level before we face them (Sundowns).

“If we can’t get a foreign team, then even a local would do just to test ourselves,” says coach Joey Antipas.

Antipas is not new to Africa, having led Motor Action to the Confederation Cup in 2012 and knows the pitfalls of playing on the continent.

“It’s not easy playing in Africa. Teams put up their best performances there because the rewards are good.

“Look at Orlando Pirates, they might be struggling in the Absa Premiership but they reached the Confederation Cup final and also Zamalek.

“So we have to be careful about how we go about all this,” the veteran mentor says.

Club resumes training

Club chairman Lifa Ncube was unavailable for comment on the progress on a proposed friendly at the end of the month.

Sources at the club said the cheaper option could be to engage a Botswana be-Mobile club in Francistown to cut down on travelling expenses as the total journey is about 180km by road from Bulawayo.

The Bulawayo side started training last week, mostly with physical fitness tests and will be looking at stepping up preparations this week.

They have welcome back skipper Danny Phiri from the Warriors team that is preparing for the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals in Rwanda starting on January 16 after he was ruled out due to injury.

He is expected to be fit in the next two weeks.

The club still have goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze and striker Edmore Chirambadare in the Chan and the dup could be named in Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s final 23-man squad this week.



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Chicken Inn Champions League squad

Goalkeeper: Elvis Chipezeze, Pride Zireni, Wandile Ndlovu

Defenders: Passmore Bernard, Devine Lunga, Brian Mbiriri, Lawrence Mhlanga, Moses Jackson, Guide Goddard, Teenage Hadebe, Ben Nyahunzvi

Midfielders: Danny Phiri, Brian Juru, Thabani Goredema, Clemence Matawu, Raphael Kutinyu, Toto Banda, Canaan Nkomo, George Majika, Bhekimpilo Ncube, Nicholas Muchadei

Strikers: Edmore Chirambadare, Obidiah Tarumbwa, Moses Demera, Pyswell Demera, David Temwanjira, Ishmael Lawe, Mitchell Katsvairo


 
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