Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
LOCAL Premiership clubs started preseason training this week ahead of the forthcoming 2020 season.
Clubs like Chicken Inn, Black Rhinos, Bulawayo City, Yadah and Herentals have already began their preparations while Dynamos, CAPS United and Highlanders begin early next week.
Chicken Inn started their pre-season training yesterday with a number of key players set to join on Monday.
Joey Antipas’ side will be looking forward to build a formidable side that will challenge for the championship having fell short last season.
They finished second in the 2019 campaign.
Rhinos are currently conducting trials since Monday with the team expected to bring a bulk of new faces having parted ways with a number of players.
“We are looking for the right personnel and talent. We want players with a winning mentality and we want the ones that will take pride in the team.
“We want to come up with a better squad. Our replacements will be better than the ones who left,” said coach Hebert Maruwa.
The team is expected to go on a pre-season camp in Kariba next week.
Yadah were in action since last week as they are also still scouting for young talent.
“We are on a rebuilding exercise. We have been going around in schools and academies looking for the young and talented who will make the core of our team.
“We want to have a great foundation that is the reason we started earlier,” said Yadah coach Genesis Mangombe.
CAPS United will resume training on Monday.
“We are going to start our preparations on Monday. We are most likely going to have two camps.
“One will be for our players and the other one will be for the ones who want to come for trials.
“We are still waiting to hear about the venue,” said team manager Shakespeare Chinogwenya.
Dynamos, who have been busy on the market, are also set to resume training on Monday.
They have so far roped in five players.
“We will start training on Monday.
“All are welcome; we are not shutting anyone out. It will be open to everyone,” Dynamos manager Richard Chihoro told H-Metro.
Ngezi Platinum will not hold any trials.
They are set to begin their preparations at the end of this month.
“We will start our training end of this month,” said coach Rodwell Dhlakama.
“The date has not been confirmed yet. We are also waiting to be told but it will be anytime soon,” added Harare City manager Richard Tswatswa.
Highlanders players yesterday underwent medicals that will help the physical trainers determine the amount of load each player will require to effectively compete.
They are also expected to start training early next week.