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Goddard want to re-join Bosso

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo
31 May 2014 at 06:55hrs | Views
CHICKEN Inn defender-cum-midfielder, Guide Goddard is tired of a marginal role at the Bulawayo side and is seeking a move back to his former club, Highlanders.

He played for Bosso since the tender age of 14 and joined the senior team before jumping ship to the then Philani Ncube-coached Chicken Inn in 2010 which was playing in the Zifa Southern Region Division One League before guiding them to the elite league.

Goddard, a former Zimbabwe Under-20 international, was injured late last season and went under the knife, which was successful. He has since fully recovered and according to him, can now play anytime and in any team.

A regular starter at the 2013 NetOne Charity Shield winners and vice-skipper to Felix Chindungwe last season, Goddard's place has been taken up by former Motor Action defender Charles Mutero although coach Joey Antipas sometimes uses right back Moses Jackson.

"What worries me is that the club keeps telling me that my licence is not yet out, week in and week out. I now suspect that it's probably a way of just frustrating me even though I still need to play for them," said Goddard, who represented Bulawayo Province in the Zimbabwe National Youth Games from their inception in 2003 right up to 2006 under former Highlanders player and manager Amin Soma-Phiri.

Chicken Inn, however, have a different version of the events.

"Guide remains one of our leading and senior players. We look up to him to guide the team on and off the field," said secretary Tawengwa Hara.

He conceded that the club had not initially registered the big defender as they thought he would only be ready for action during the second transfer window.

"His healing caught us by surprise really. He has now fully recovered and training with the rest of the guys. We now have his licence and if the coaches wish to use him, they can do so anytime," said Hara.

He said the player had not communicated with them on his intention to rejoin Highlanders and would therefore not comment on rumours.

"We know nothing about that," said Hara, whose office has already written three clearance letters for their players to Highlanders in goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni, defender Felix Chindungwe and Kudakwashe Mahachi.

The former Ihlathi High School pupil, whose contract with the Gamecock runs out in December, said he has already held sideline talks with Bosso secretary Andrew "Squad" Tapela.

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table leaders have 29 players in their books out of the maximum 35 with two players, Milton Ncube and Peter "Rio" Moyo set to leave for the Absa Premiership in South Africa next month.

Source - chronicle