2015 PSL champions Chicken Inn are already in camp and began their pre-season training on Tuesday as they gear up for a maiden participation in the Caf Champions League, SportBrief reports.
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The Bulawayo side have been drawn against South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns for the Champions League preliminary round, and they will host the Brazillians on the weekend of 12-14 February before visiting their opponents two weeks later.
But Joey Antipas’ side begin their pre-season without five key players who are on national duty with the Warriors preparing for this month’s Chan tournament to be staged in Rwanda.
Goalkeeper George Majika, defender Lawrence Mhlanga, forward Edmore Chirambadare and midfielders George Majika and Moses Demera are with the Warriors with at least three of them almost certain to travel to Rwanda.
Had it not been for injuries to captain Danny Phiri, Teenage Hadebe a Raphael Kutinyu, Chicken Inn would have a total of eight players in Warriors camp.
“We have a good squad for the Champions League but we would have loved to start pre-season with most of our players around. Right now we have five players away with the national team while three are injured,” Antipas said.
“It is not a pleasant situation because they have to be together for a long time as we try to create combinations and team building exercises. But there is nothing we can do about it because it is on the other hand a positive for these boys to be with the national team. It is a huge opportunity for their careers.”
Chicken Inn gaffer, Joey Antipas did not make many changes into his championship-winning side with Hadebe and Obadiah Tarumbwa being high profile acquisitions. The duo was acquired from cross town rivals, Highlanders.