Shabanie want more

SHABANIE Mine are playing for much more than three points when they host title-chasing Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Maglas Stadium today.

While both teams cannot afford to drop points albeit for contrasting reasons, the Chinda Boys technical manager, Taku Shariwa says his team is not only playing for survival but they want to see their project prosper.

Shariwa takes confidence from the fact that the asbestos miners have turned Maglas into a fortress as they have only lost twice this season at home.

This season, they have already beaten highly-fancied Ngezi Platinum Stars held Dynamos and CAPS United at this venue.
Last weekend, the Zvishavane-based side were also leading CAPS 1-0 in the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final before the tie was abandoned in the 65th minute due to crowd trouble.

“If you look at our performance at Maglas from the previous games; we only lost to Bulawayo City and Highlanders,” Shariwa said.

Shabanie come into today’s game occupying the last relegation slot on the log with 30 points and a win over the Gamecocks will see them move into 11th place.

Chicken Inn on the other hand are in fourth place on the log with a win today taking them into second place with 54 points.
Shariwa attributes the Chinda Boys’ precarious position on the log due to the fact they lost a couple of key players during the mid season transfer window.

“We had a bad patch midway through our season unfortunately; we had lost our big names in terms of key positions,” he said.
“In the goalkeeping position we had Samuel Mafukidze who moved to Yadah and Collins Dhuwa moving to Chicken Inn.
“They were our kingpins in the team and they gave us charisma and direction.

“Unfortunately, we had to do without them and thrust a novice into the deep end and fortunately he has come of age and learnt the hard way.”

“Beyond that, the team has not been playing for money but recognition.

“We believe we had the best talent like I said earlier in the season but we also look at the technical team where we are working in harmony and we look at the people we brought in; they were aspiring to be the best. That’s what we wanted.
“If you look at the team, it reflects on what the technical team wants. We are a young team.

“We have focus and we need to build our CVs.
“So we have a common goal and common interests.

“That’s why we understand that monetary issues are a burden to us at the moment but we are not looking at financial rewards at the moment but looking at building a niche for ourselves and curve a name for Shabanie Mine as well as market ourselves at the end of the day.

“We will get rewarded after the hard work and not before you work.”

Big Shabanie defender Nyasha Mpofu said he is confident of an outright win against the Gamecocks although they lost the reverse fixture 1-0 in Bulawayo earlier this season.

“We will take this game and improve our situation. We are going to be fighting to the very end so that we climb out of relegation,” Mpofu said.

Shabanie will look to capitalise on Chicken Inn’s dip in form which saw them lose their last three league games — against Yadah FC, CAPS United and Highlanders.

Rahman Gumbo’s charges will have to jump out of their slumber in this tricky away fixture or kiss their prospects of winning the trophy they won in 2015 good-bye. —Bernard Chiketo


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