Shabanie calm relegation fears


SHABANIE MINE coach Jairos Tapera has calmed relegation fears following their 1-0 win against provincial rivals Chapungu on Sunday.


With five games still to play in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League the campaign draws into a critical period that will decide the fate of four teams who will be demoted to the unfashionable division leagues.

The Chinda Boys catapulted themselves out of the precarious relegation zone with a vital win over the Airmen.

The asbestos miners are now one place above the drop zone having collected two points better than their closest rivals Triangle from the same number of matches. Tapera, the veteran Shabanie Mine coach, knows that the objective of surviving the drop is not far from being achieved, but is not losing focus either.

“We still have five games to play and if we could maintain our form we might survive relegation. We just have to continue working hard to achieve what we want.

“We are confident of what we are doing, but the job is far from done, so we will see what happens at the end of the day. I have been in football for more than 20 years and I know what to expect,” he said.

Of the remaining five fixtures, the Chinda Boys host three prime relegation candidates — Bantu Rovers, Black Rhinos and Triangle — and maximum points from these matches will take them to safety.