THE Shabanie Mine football club executive has suspended goalkeeper Victor Twaliki on suspicions of match-fixing following the 1-3 loss to How Mine last week at Maglas.
Twaliki, a key player under Luke Masomere last season when they won the BancABC Super Eight Cup let in two goals that were viewed with suspicions, leading fans to throw some missiles at him. Masomere is now head coach at How Mine.
Shabanie coach Jairos Tapera said: “The loss to How Mine last week complicated our situation and I am very disappointed with the outcome of that game.”
The coach has conceded that saving the asbestos miners from the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League relegation was now beyond his control. Four bottom teams will be relegated at the end of the campaign and already Bantu Rovers and Chiredzi have made their way to the second league tier.
The Chinda Boys are third from the foot with 32 points from 28 games and host Highlanders at Maglas on Sunday in a match they must win at all costs to stand a chance of remaining in the top-flight.
Shabanie are two points behind the quartet of Black Rhinos, Harare City, Triangle and Chapungu which leaves them at the risk of being dropped from the elite league even if they win both their remaining matches against Highlanders and Triangle.
But if at least two of the above mentioned teams stumble along the way the asbestos miners will retain their premiership status next season if they win both their remaining games.
However, it is a given that some teams above Shabanie Mine will stagger along the way considering that the duo of Chapungu and Black Rhinos are yet to play against each other and again Triangle will host Shabanie.
“It is now beyond our control, but we will fight until the last game and you never know with football,” Tapera said.
“We can win all our remaining matches and still remain in the relegation zone but we will do our best to win all our remaining matches.
“At this point what I can assure is that we have two games still to play and I am very confident that we will collect maximum points.”