“Nothing final yet but indications are that we are unlikely to participate in the safari although we are still weighing our options,” said Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube yesterday. He said the club had to make a decision to either put resources to retaining the title next year or participate in the Caf Champions League.
Ncube said the club did not want to blindly decide to participate in the Caf Champions League like what other teams did in the past without assessing the costs to the team.
The deadline for confirmation of participation in both the Champions League and the Confederations Cup is November 30.
If Chicken Inn stand by their decision not to participate, cash rich FC Platinum, who are likely to finish as runners up to the Bulawayo side, could be the Zimbabwean representatives in the race to become kings of African club football. If they decide to, the Norman Mapeza coached side will be venturing into the African jungles for the third time inside four years, having first participated in the Caf Champions League in 2012 after coming second to Dynamos while this year they competed in the less glamorous Confederations Cup after winning the Chibuku Super Cup last year.
FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo said this week that they would gladly take the offer to represent the country but would only make that confirmation after their last match of the season on Saturday as they are not yet guaranteed a second spot finish.