Africa-Press – Zimbabwe. Bulawayo-based Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Chicken Inn has signed Calum English-Brown from relegated WhaWha.
The 21-year-old striker has signed a two-year deal with the GameCocks, just two years after the conclusion of the 2022 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.
Speaking after the club presented individual awards to excelling players for the past season at a ceremony at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) on Wednesday night Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas described English-Brown as exciting and charismatic. He said:
I thought Calum did well at WhaWha. He was a bundle of energy, a bundle of joy to watch and also the boy has got good talent, so we just have to try and nurture that talent and push him all the way to the top. He brings in excitement.
Calum is a type of player who is electric on the ball, can play with both feet, he has got good pace and just his charisma on the game makes him a good player and I believe he will improve with time. I think he will be good for us at Chicken Inn.
Antipas hinted that the club will bring in more players to reinforce the squad ahead of another challenge for the premiership title next season. He said:
If you look at the league this year, FC Platinum ran away with the league. We were 12 points behind them and Dynamos were five points behind us.
We have to try and catch up with the rest, especially FC Platinum, so we have to bring in players to strengthen the side not just for the sack of bringing in the players.
It was a competitive season, it ended up with FC Platinum running away with the league title but the rest of us competed well and I thought we did well coming up number two.
But we need to up our game and I think what affected us was the COVID-19 break where we were out of the game for more or less 18 months.
It takes a toll on the players but I believe now we are back and things can improve especially on the playing field.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Donovan Bernard was voted Chicken Inn Player of the Year and received a US$1 000 prize.
Xolani Ndlovu picked up $700 for the Players’ Player of the Year award while Brian Muza pocketed US$600 for finishing the season as the club’s top goal scorer.
Brett Amidu got $650 as the Goal of the Season award, while the Most Improved Player of the Season was Itai Mabunu who got $250.
Richard Hachiro, Arthur Chinda, and Moses Jackson received $250 each for being the Most Disciplined Player, Young Player of the Year, and Most Loyal Player, respectively.