There is life after Ndoro – Mandla Mpofu

BULAWAYO - Chicken Inn head coach Mandla Lulu Mpofu believes his side will quickly adapt to life without their former star striker Tendai Ndoro who has moved to South Africa.

Speaking ahead of his team’s Castle Premiership encounter against army side Black Rhinos on Saturday afternoon at Luveve Stadium, Mpofu said Ndoro’s move down south provides an opportunity for other players to shine.

“As the Chicken Inn family we are very happy for Ndoro because his move will open avenues for us as a brand,” Mpofu said.

“We therefore do not mourn his exit from the club but consider it to be an opportunity that has opened for other players in our books to prove their mettle.”

Ndoro was the country’s leading top goal scorer with 11 goals to his credit at the time of departure.

The Game Cocks lost 1-0 away to another army outfit Buffaloes in their previous league match but Mpofu expressed confidence that his charges will return to winning ways this afternoon.

“We are a resilient lot and we will definitely bounce back against Rhinos,” said Mpofu.

“There is a difference of seven points between us and the log leaders and we are very hungry for maximum points so that we can reduce the gap.”

Mpofu added that the chances of his team gaining ground on some of the teams sitting above them on the log were very high since table toppers Dynamos will play against CAPS United in a Harare derby while third placed  Highlanders will face fellow Bulawayo outfit How  Mine on Sunday.  

Chicken Inn will be without impressive Warriors midfielder Danny Phiri who is suspended.

Phiri impressed in the Warriors’ recent victory over South Africa in a friendly international where he staked a very strong claim on the anchorman’s role playing alongside South Africa based Willard Katsande.

Gritty midfielder Thabani Goredema is the most likely replacement for Phiri.

Rhinos come into today’s match with their confidence high after last week’s 2-0 win over BancABC Sup8r finalists Shabanie Mine. 

Chicken Inn are in sixth position on the log with 31 points to their credit while Rhinos sit just above the relegation slots on position 12 on 22 points.

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