Shabanie seek redemption


SHABANIE Mine have a seemingly easy assignment when they take on struggling former champions Motor Action in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at Maglas Stadium tomorrow as they seek a return to winning ways.


Shabanie were soundly beaten 2-0 by Black Rhinos in their last league match at Rimuka and need a win ahead of next Saturday’s BancABC Sup8r Cup final against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.

Former Motor Action assistant coach David George will be in charge tomorrow after head coach Joey Antipas quit the Mighty Bulls on Tuesday following a string of poor results this season.

Mighty Bulls only managed three wins, five draws and lost 12 matches.

Reliable sources have linked Antipas to Chicken Inn, who have also struggled of late, losing their last three matches.

Despite Motor Action’s poor run, Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that their opponents were a threat.

“Motor Action look very dangerous because they are in the murky waters of relegation. They need to pick up points if they are to survive relegation. They will use everything at their disposal to ensure that they get the three points.

“When we beat FC Platinum earlier in the season, they were on top of the log table while we were at the bottom, so this shows that the match against Motor Action will be dangerous.

“We are hoping that the game will go according to our preparations. The players need to concentrate because we have reached a very tough stage in the competition,” he said.

George said he was ready for tomorrow’s match.

“We want to fight against Shabanie Mine because we need the points. We are not in a good position on the log table. We are hoping to do well in the last 10 games,” he said.

Masomere said all the players were up for selection with the exception of Blessed Mbavarira suspended after accumulating three yellow cards while Godfrey Moyo will miss the match because of a toothache.

Shabanie Mine are on position nine on the log table with 27 points from 20 games. Chicken Inn have to start winning their games when they face relegation-fighting Black Rhinos at Luveve Stadium tomorrow.

The GameCox, who last won on June 23 when they beat Shabanie 2-1 at Maglas, have not won in their last four matches losing 1-0 to Buffaloes and Sakubva, losing to city neighbours How Mine 2-1 at Luveve and losing to 3-2 to Black Mambas in Harare.

Before that they had shared the spoils with Highlanders in a 1-1 draw at Barbourfields Stadium. Black Rhinos also need a win very badly as they seek to steer away from the relegation zone. They have 22 points from 20 matches and sit on position 12 on the log table.