TROUBLED Shabanie Mine could be in search for a coach to steer the former asbestos miners in the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) season amid reports that Luke “Vahombe” Masomere is headed to Buffaloes where he is said to have signed a one-year contract.
During this year’s turbulent season for Shabanie Mine, who won the BancABC Sup8r Cup after beating Zvishavane neighbours FC Platinum 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out at Mandava Stadium in September, the self-proclaimed doctor of football hinted time and again that he would leave the asbestos miners.
Despite his stormy relationship with the Shabanie Mine executive, the charismatic Masomere managed to steer the club out of relegation and ended the season in the middle of the PSL ladder on position eight with 42 points, at par with Triangle (position seven) and ninth-placed How Mine.
Shabanie Mine president Greg Mataka yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that the only official word regarding Masomere was that his contract will expire next Tuesday.
“His contract expires on December 31.
“The only official communication is that which pertains to his contract and nothing else,” he said.
However, sources last week told our sister publication NewsDay that the nomadic Masomere had penned a one-year contract with Buffaloes and that would leave Shabanie with no option but to look for another coach for next season.
Vahombe’s mobile phone was not reachable yesterday, but a few weeks after the 2013 season ended, the outspoken coach said he might stay at Shabanie although revealing that an undisclosed club had approached him.
He said he would remain in the Midlands town if offered a good deal.
“What I can say now is that I’m still the Shabanie Mine head coach until December 31 when my contract expires.” Masomere explained.
“I’m still weighing my options and if Shabanie Mine want to renew my contract and offer something better, I will stay.
“As long as life is good here I will stay. What everyone out there wants is a good life and that is what I’m looking for as well.
“Right now I’m open to one team which has approached me for my services. We are still negotiating and if their offer is good I may join them.
“All I’m looking for is a team with bigger ambitions than just playing in the PSL. If Shabanie Mine make such ambitions and offer me a better contract, of course I will consider staying,” he added.