Shabanie Mine host Hwange


HWANGE has been hit with suspensions ahead of today’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium with Munyaradzi Mungadze, Aleck Marime and Rodwell Chinyengetere all ruled out.


The three key Hwange players have accumulated three yellow cards.

However, Hwange coach Nation Dube is not reading much on the unavailability of the three.

“We will be missing the three players, but we have other registered players who will be given a chance to play.

I do not have a problem with their unavailability because we have other players who want to add value to the team as well,” he said.

“We expect a tough encounter against Shabanie Mine. They have a new coach. Players want to impress the coach and they are playing at home, so it will be difficult.

Our target is to get three points, but anything can happen in football.” Shabanie Mine technical director Jairos Tapera who was roped in to assist head coach John Phiri said his immediate task was to ensure they avoided the dreaded chop.

The Zvishavane side is lying in a precarious position on the log table and knows well that a defeat against Chipangano could spell more trouble.

“It is going to be a very tough game. Look at our position on the log table and playing Hwange, one of the teams which are on top! It is a game of football we will do everything we can to get a positive result,” he said.

“Our main target is to make sure that we avoid relegation. We are not going to throw in the towel.”

The increase of player bonuses by Shabanie Mine executive could be a motivating factor for the team to get a good result against Hwange.

Hwange beat Shabanie Mine 3-0 at the Colliery Stadium in May in the reverse fixture.