AFTER going for ten matches without a loss, How Mine found the going tough in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League in the last two weeks, but have an opportunity to restore their pride when they face Black Rhinos at Rimuka on Sunday.
How Mine lost 1-2 to Triangle away a fortnight ago before going down to city rivals Highlanders by the same scoreline at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday and are in desperate need of a win otherwise their season might implode.
Black Rhinos have also lost two matches in a row: They went down 1-3 to Highlanders before last Sunday’s 1-2 defeat to Dynamos.
Black Rhinos assistant coach Ndega Matsika said it would be a must-win tie for them.
“We need to collect maximum points against How Mine. We are coming from two straight defeats. We are not in a good position on the log table, so we need to collect maximum points at our home ground,” he said.
Matsika said they have been playing well, but failing to convert chances had been their biggest undoing.
“It is not that we are playing badly. We have been creating chances, but we are failing to score. If we start scoring then we will get the good results. We need to beef up our squad because we have energetic youngsters, but the problem is inexperience,” he said.
The army side will be without Bruce Homora who is suspended after accumulating three yellow cards.
Veteran striker Phillip Marufu will have to undergo a late fitness test.
How Mine assistant coach Simba Rusike said they had been working on their errors.
“We are picking ourselves up after the two losses. We want to rectify our mistakes because we have been failing to score. Against Highlanders we created so many chances, but our finishing was not good.
“We need a good result. We are not looking at the position of Black Rhinos on the log table because the fact that they are in the Premier League means they are a competitive side. We have a full squad.
“Menard Mupera and Ephraim Mazarura are back in the team. Warren Dube has recovered and could play if he makes it into the team,” he said.
Mupera and veteran shotstopper Mazarura failed to finish the game against Highlanders due to injury.