30 March 2017
CHICKEN INN head coach Rahman Gumbo is eyeing a positive start this weekend.
The Gamecocks face Premiership new boys Bantu Rovers on Saturday at Luveve.
Gumbo, who finished fourth last season, thinks a positive start will set the momentum for his side.
“It will work for our own good if we start well. Besides collecting maximum points, a good start boosts our confidence. It will also set the momentum for us. We really want a good start and we have been working hard towards that goal.
“It is a bit of a challenge and that is why I am here. Chicken Inn is becoming a brand and I want to grow with that brand,” he said.
Gumbo has clinched the Zimbabwe Premier League title twice with Highlanders as a coach and is the 5th head coach of Chicken Inn since their promotion into the top flight.
He has also won championships in Malawi and Botswana.
Chicken will be without Moses Demera who is keen to be cleared to join Yadah FC. Midfielder Pride Tarirenyika has been awol for the past month.
Unsettled defender Lawrence Mhlanga is yet to train with the 2015 champions.
Midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu signed for Singida United in Tanzania but he is back on loan until July.
Gumbo said he could achieve more with the team despite failing to defend the league title last year.
“My targets are really higher than what I expect from myself. I always like to say the sky is the limit,” said the former Warriors coach.
“I want to do more than what I did before when I was in the local league I want to go a step higher with Chicken Inn. This year, I have no excuse because I know the players and I have been working with the squad since last year.”
Meanwhile, Bantu Rovers will officially announce their new technical team ahead of the new season today in Bulawayo.