AN EXCITING Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match is expected as Hwange, fighting for survival in the top flight, host Shabanie Mine at the Colliery Stadium in Hwange this afternoon.
The Hwange side will have to shake off their weekend performance which saw them bow out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup after losing 0-2 to Harare City at Dulibadzimu Stadium in Beitbridge and focus on surviving the chop from the league.
Hwange coach Nation Dube said they were expecting a good result.
“We are prepared to face Shabanie Mine. We just need to get a point or three points from each of our next games to survive. If we win four games, we will be safe, so we need to work very hard.
“Any point that we get will place us in a better position because we will go up the log table and that point might help us in the end.
“We do not want to put the players under pressure by saying they should win, but we need to get positive results if we are to survive. There are still chances of surviving,” he said.
Hwange are on position 12 with 26 points from 23 games while Shabanie Mine are on position eight with 32 points from the same number of games.
Shabanie Mine beat Caps United 3-1 at Maglas Stadium in the last PSL match. Head coach Luke Masomere said it would be a very tough game.
“Hwange are very desperate to collect points because they are fighting for survival. They want to make sure they are safe from relegation, so they would want to win.
“The match is going to be a thriller, but I hope that it will be handled professionally. No one should influence the outcome of the match,” he said.
Masomere said they would not miss the suspended Pervington Zimunya who received marching orders against Caps United and Valentine Ndaba, also out after getting three yellow cards and Pardon Marima, injured, saying they have enough replacements.