ZVISHAVANE – Shabanie Mine head coach Luke Masomere says it would be a bitter pill for him to swallow if his charges were to lose to Chicken Inn in Friday’s BancABC Sup8r Cup quarter-final clash at Mandava Stadium.
The Chinda Boys went down 2-1 at home to the Gamecocks in a league encounter last Sunday and Masomere is on a revenge mission.
“I really want to win the game on Friday because it would be a bitter bill to swallow if I were to lose to the same team in such a short space of time,” Masomere told the Daily News.
“Our preparations have not gone very well in the sense that one of our reliable defenders, Tafadzwa Mombeshora, is yet to recover from the injury he sustained last weekend but we are hopeful that he will recover on time for the cup game.”
Chicken Inn, on the other hand, have a clean bill of health in their camp and assistant coach Julius Ndlovu said their aim is to pick up another medal after their Net One Charity Shield victory at the beginning of the season.
“We do appreciate the fact that Shabanie Mine are a good side after playing them last weekend but our goal is to progress in this competition,” Ndlovu said.
“It is a big honour to play in such a tournament and we are not there just to make up the numbers but we are hungry for more medals after tasting success in the Net One Charity Shield earlier this year.”
The Gamecocks will be banking on the country’s leading goal scorer Tendai Ndoro who notched up his tenth goal of the season when the two teams met last Sunday.
At the other end, the asbestos miners will look up to regular scorer Pervington Zimunya and the bustling Tarisai Rukanda to get the goals that will secure their passage to the next stage of the competition.
Shabanie is likely to enjoy the most support from the stands since the game will be played in their hometown but Chicken Inn may count on the supporters of the asbestos miners’ local rivals FC Platinum to be in their corner.