SHABANIE Mine and How Mine face-off in a game of huge significance in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match slated for Maglas Stadium this afternoon, with both sides determined to win as the relegation battle continues.
Both sides are sitting on precarious positions with How Mine three points and Shabanie Mine two points above the relegation zone with only four matches left before the season comes to a close.
The hosts will be boosted by their weekend 4-1 thrashing of Bantu Rovers in Bulawayo on Saturday.
Chikurupati will have to do without the services of injured Wonder Sithole, Nyasha Mukumbi, Lewis Matawu, Mandlenkosi Sibanda, Morris Kadzola and the suspended Kuda Musharu.
The Chinda Boys will also be without suspended Douglas Sibanda and veteran defender Zvenyika Makonese who had not reported for duty by yesterday afternoon since their win away to Bantu Rovers.
“It is an important game for both of us as we are still not safe from relegation. We both want to win,” said Tapera.
“They (How Mine) have a good coach and it will be a difficult game. We are confident of getting a positive result and we will do our best to collect maximum points.”
Said Masomere: “No one likes to play at Maglas Stadium against Shabanie, but we will do our best. I cannot talk of any result, but what I know is that we will have an exciting game. It is a difficult game as Shabanie are fighting relegation and we want to finish in a respectable position on the log.”