Tafadzwa Chigandiwa, Sports Reporter
FORMER ZPC Kariba and Chicken Inn player, Ian Nekati, revealed that ‘innovation and professionalism’ has motivated him to join ambitious side, Bulawayo Chiefs.
The 31-year-old defender signed for the Bulawayo-based side at the end of last month following a dispute with Chicken Inn over outstanding salaries.
The former Warriors player’s move to Chiefs, came at a time he was expected to join a big club to his capability and experience.
“After parting ways with Chicken Inn over outstanding salaries, I requested for my clearance from the club, we mutually agreed and they cleared me.
“Afterwards I then stayed for two months without a club, that is when I got two offers, one from Chiefs and the other from Manica Diamonds.
“But looking at how good Bulawayo Chiefs are operating at the moment, their structure or even the professionalism at the club, I didn’t hesitate to sign a contract with them,” said Nekati.
Despite the club’s positive direction and professionalism, the former FC Platinum player indicated that he also considered adequate game time.
He praised players who turn out for the so-called smaller clubs, saying a number of players undermine these club’s existence in the local league but go for bigger clubs where there is a lot of competition.
“In football, players should also consider enough game time and competition. My experience is when I once played for FC Platinum, I had little or no game time.
“But when I later moved to ZPC Kariba where I had an opportunity to be play as a regular, I found myself being able to play for the national team,” he added.
Nekati said he is still hopeful that one day he will fight for a place in the Warriors squad.
Chiefs looks ready for the resumption of football after they recently strengthened their squad by signing Elvis Moyo.
They also acquired youthful attacking midfielder, Lexington Mujokoro, former Highlanders player Mbekezeli Sibanda and former Talen Vision midfielder Mandlenkosi Gasela.
The club is also reportedly on the verge of roping in a foreign coach after a row with the recently departed former head coach, Thulani ‘Thutsi’ Sibanda