ZVISHAVANE – Shabanie mine coach, Luke Masomere believes the financial problems that have stalked the club since the start of the season are now part of their DNA, and have since mastered the art of winning despite the challenges.
The asbestos miners have been struggling financially since their return to the premiership in 2010.
The situation however, deteriorated at the beginning of the season when major sponsor Vadette Trading pulled out — leaving the club to rely on donations from Samson Gondwe and Pronet Cellular.
The situation hit rock bottom when the Shabanie Mine players pulled out of camp on the eve of their match against Black Mambas due to unpaid bonuses.
Players only arrived at their own home-ground just before kick off, but still managed to put up a vintage performance to beat the police outfit 2-0.
The ‘‘unhappy’’ lot then spiced up their survival campaign with a 1-0 away win over How Mine last Saturday.
With the two consecutive wins, the Chinda Boys moved into ninth position on the log standings, prompting their coach Masomere to insinuate that they have now mastered the art of winning games despite problems.
“We have always had problems, in fact we have numerous problems but we have put them aside because there is nothing we can do other than playing football,” Masomere told the Daily News.
“In fact we have now mastered the art of playing well under these circumstances because of the positive character that our players are gifted with. We don’t have quality players but they have tremendous fighting spirit.”
Meanwhile, former Masvingo United striker Simbarashe Gate has been training with Shabanie Mine since the start of July and is most likely to be signed.
Louis Matawu, who moved out of the Motor Action kraal, is also rumoured to have agreed terms with the team from Maglas.
The Zvishavane-based side lost roving left back Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe to Harare City during the mid-season window transfer period.