Chicken Inn striker Chirinda at Bosso

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

FOR­MER Bantu Rovers and Chicken Inn striker, Obriel Chirinda yes­ter­day sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to join Bu­l­awayo gi­ants, High­landers when he at­tended the club’s tri­als held at Cres­cent Sport Club.

Chirinda, who turned out for Chicken Inn last sea­son, was one of about 30 foot­ballers who turned up at the grounds seek­ing to im­press High­landers coach, Madinda Ndlovu and se­cure a place in Bosso’s se­nior team.

The 21-year-old striker was a vi­tal cog in the Game­cocks sec­ond half re­vival that saw them fin­ish third in the cham­pi­onship last sea­son and was also re­warded by be­ing named the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League player of the month for July.

Chirinda fin­ished the sea­son with seven goals, high­light­ing his prow­ess not as only a fast-paced striker with sub­lime drib­bling skills but also a goal get­ter.

There was con­fu­sion over the player’s con­trac­tual stand­ing with Chicken Inn af­ter Chirinda in­di­cated it had lapsed at the end of De­cem­ber but the club’s of­fi­cials in­di­cated that he has a run­ning con­tract set to end in 2021. For­mer Bu­l­awayo City goal­keeper, Welling­ton Mu­uya was among five shot­stop­pers that also at­tended the tri­als amid re­ports he is one of the favourites to land a spot at Bosso af­ter the club re­leased Nedrick Madeya and Pros­per Matutu. Util­ity player, Mbekezeli Sibanda, for­merly with Talen Vi­sion was also among those try­ing their luck and could find his way into Bosso’s squad, judg­ing by the way he played.

Sibanda had a stint with Slo­vakian Divi­sion Three side, MSK Pu­chov in 2017 be­fore com­ing back home last year.

High­landers com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, Ronald Moyo said they will be con­tin­u­ing with the tri­als to­day (Sun­day) and they ex­pect a big­ger turnout.

“Play­ers that im­press the coaches will be drafted into the pre-sea­son train­ing camp that be­gins on 20 Jan­uary and if they fit in they will be join­ing us,” he said.


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