As teams intensify their preparations for the start of the 2017 premiership season, Bulawayo outfits Chicken Inn and Bantu Rovers have also engaged into super drive bringing in new faces in an effort to bolster their squads for the gruelling campaign.

Despite the official start of the 2017/18 team league not yet announced, indications are that action will get underway at the beginning of April.

The City of Bulawayo will be boasting of 6 teams in the league, something that will see many unpredictable local derbies which might have a say on where the PSL title lands.

One of those local derbies will pit former champions Chicken Inn and premiership returnees Bantu Rovers.

The two sides took to a training match to fine tune before the real contests get underway.

The Gamecocks, as Chicken Inn is affectionately known, are looking forward to getting back to championship winning ways with the club retaining all their players except Canaan Nkomo who crossed floor to Tsholotsho.

The Rahman Gumbo-coached side has been bolstered by the signing of former Mutare City hitman Kudakwashe Gurure and defensive midfielder Innocent Muchaneka from Hwange while the much-travelled Thabani Moyo is still trying out his luck.

Chicken Inn assistant coach Julius Ndlovu says his side is there to compete for honours this season.

Meanwhile, Bantu Rovers who have former How Mine skipper Tapiwa Khumbuyani on trials will be hoping that their youthful outfit will be able to stand the heat of the premiership and have ensured that the youngsters get a bit of experience through the signing of former Hwange forward Newman Sianchali and Under 20 international McCarthy Dube from Highlanders.

Despite losing rock solid defender Zephania Ngodzo, Ben Munsaka and Lindelani Vice Ncube, all to Bulawayo City, assistant coach Agent Ajira Sawu, believes his team has what it takes to stay in the top flight in 2017.

Premiership teams have since submitted their provisional squads for registration with the Premier Soccer League although they have a leeway to adjust them before the 31st of March.