CHICKEN INN are keeping their fingers crossed hoping that three key players will be available when they get their Chibuku Super Cup campaign underway at Luveve on Saturday.
They take on Green Fuel.
Striker Brian Muza, holding midfielder Tafadzwa Kutinyu and first choice goalkeeper Donovan Bernard are racing against time to be available for selection.
Muza, Kutinyu and Bernard were unavailable when the Gamecocks were beaten 1-0 by newboys Sheasham.
Bernard was not between the sticks when the Gamecocks beat Hwange 2-1 in a league match two weeks ago.
Pride Zendera covered for him.
“We are still closely monitoring the trio,” said Chicken Inn coach Prince Matore.
“These are some of our key players whom we will need to have in such a fixture.
“However, we will have a clear picture on their recovery tomorrow (today). We are hoping they will get the greenlight to play from our medical team.”
He acknowledged that Green Fuel have of late become a tricky side to play against but is confident they could win the game in regulation time.
“They have been playing well and collecting maximum points,” said Matore.
“Green Fuel have improved a lot under the mentorship of Rodwell Dhlakama and it will be game on.
“It’s all systems go for us and our main target is to get a positive result within 90 minutes.
“We will avoid going for a penalty shootout at all costs because that is a stage that belongs to any of the two clubs.”
In the previous edition of the Chibuku Super Cup, the Gamecocks were booted out by Black Rhinos in a quarter-final match that ended 9-8 after a penalty lottery.