BUFFALOES coach Luke Masomere yesterday resigned from his post and will immediately join How Mine as was revealed by this paper last week.
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The affable coach confirmed yesterday that he had tendered his resignation letter to the army side and was set to travel to Bulawayo where he would be unveiled at Chikurupati this morning.
“Yes, I have tendered the resignation letter to the team,” he said yesterday. “I have agreed everything in principle with How Mine and I will be signing the contract tomorrow morning (today) and immediately start work.
We had a meeting with the club (How Mine) officials last week when I was attending a Caf A licence course in Harare and it was fruitful. We have the same ambitions and I’m looking forward to the new challenge,” Masomere added.
He cited poor working conditions at the Mutare side as the main reason for his resignation from the team he joined just seven months ago.
“The conditions were poor. Everything that makes a coach happy was not there. I have a family and I have to feed it. It was becoming almost impossible to do so. But I want to thank Buffaloes for giving me the opportunity to work with them, especially their fans.
They are really passionate about their team and it’s very unfortunate that I’m leaving,” he said.
“I have left the team in a very good position and it will be easy for the next coach. I want to thank individuals like Ortis Nkhata, David Maramba and Tichaona Zikai who have been very supportive and at one time were sustaining the team.
“I would move around looking for food for the players, and they would chip in and help. The chairman of the club (Hlanganiso Matangaidze) was also very hopeful as he provided me with accommodation and food at his hotel, but unfortunately it was not enough to prolong my stay here.”
Buffaloes are currently on eighth position on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table with 29 points, 10 behind leaders Dynamos with nine games remaining until the end of the season. The team are also set to announce Masomere’s departure this morning, after an executive meeting last night.
How Mine on the other hand are on 11th position with 24 points, the same number of points with some teams in the relegation zone. Chikurupati chairman Mlondolozi Nkomo yesterday confirmed that Masomere would be joining How Mine.
“Masomere is coming to Bulawayo tomorrow (today) to finalise the deal and we will soon be unveiling him to the media. We will be making an announcement on the new head coach tomorrow. There is still one loose end that we have to tie,” he said.