“When a player gets such an opportunity, it is good because it motivates other players,” How Mine coach Luke Masomere

LAST YEAR, while at Shabanie Mine, the self-professed doctor of football Luke “Vahombe” Masomere bundled giants Dynamos out of the BancABC Sup8r Cup 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-finals at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.


The nomadic gaffer, who has coached the Glamour Boys before, beat Dynamos 1-0 again in May this year in Harare while in charge of Buffaloes in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) tie.

Masomere, who seems to have perfected the art of beating Dynamos, however lost to the Glamour Boys 0-2 in the semi-final of the One Wallet Cup at Mandava Stadium after he had crossed the floor to How Mine.

It’s crunch time once again as How Mine hit the road to Harare to clash with Dynamos in the last round of PSL matches at the National Sports Stadium as DeMbare seek their fourth consecutive title, but Masomere says he will have no mercy for the Harare giants.

“I am a professional,” he said.

“Dynamos were held by Bantu Rovers. Why did Bantu Rovers not sell that game to Dynamos when they had already been relegated? Mandla (Mpofu, Bantu Rovers coach) is a professional and Masomere is a professional as well.

“Journalists are very behind in terms of football and these questions always come at this stage. We have moved a step ahead as football managers and there is no selling of games.

These are some of the things that we learn when we attend these high profile courses.

He added: “We want to improve the standard of the game. Everytime when I play Dynamos, it’s Masomere this, Masomere that. Why can’t you beat Dynamos yourselves? I beat Dynamos almost every season. I am not here to do anyone any favour. I am a professional.”

Dynamos need nothing short of a win on Sunday as ZPC Kariba, facing Caps United at Gwanzura Stadium, are eyeing their first piece of silverware by winning the championship in their first season in the Premier Soccer League.

Two points separate the two sides and a draw could just do it for the power utility outfit, under the tutelage of Saul Chaminuka.

Saul Chaminuka
Saul Chaminuka

Masomere could be without goalkeeper Donovan Bernard who suffered an injury with the Warriors in Morocco while Morris Kadzola, Louis Matawu and Warren Dube have been ruled out also due to injury.

But Masomere, who had How Mine stay afloat in the PSL after thumping Bantu Rovers 3-0 at Hartsfield Rugby Ground is unfazed.

“I am still building a team for next season and whoever I put in on Sunday must stand up to the challenge,” he said.

“These are trials which we are winding up against Dynamos.”

The top four to take part in the Mbada Diamonds Cup — ZPC Kariba, Dynamos, Caps United and FC Platinum— have already been sealed.

Faded Bulawayo giants Highlanders are home at Hartsfield against Chapungu while Hwange travel to Mutare for Moses Chunga’s Buffaloes, who are not safe from relegation.

Harare City, also hanging by the thread, are home against in-form Chicken Inn at Rufaro Stadium while Shabanie Mine are also away to Triangle.

Sunday: Harare City v Chicken Inn (Rufaro), Triangle v Shabanie Mine (Gibbo), Black Rhinos v Bantu Rovers (Rimuka), Buffaloes v Hwange (Sakubva), FC Platinum v Chiredzi (Mandava), Highlanders v Chapungu (Hartsfield), ZPC Kariba v Caps United (Gwanzura SS9), Dynamos v How Mine (National Sports Stadium)