ZVISHAVANE – Shabanie Mine eased their relegation worries with a hard fought 3-2 win over Division One-bound Tripple B at Maglas Stadium on Saturday.
The asbestos miners moved into ninth place on the log with 36 points with three games to go before they round up their season.
Tripple B were already relegated coming into this match and remained in 15th place with 19 points.
For the umpteenth time, Shabanie went into the game on the backdrop of an industrial action by the players, who only trained on Friday as they protested over unpaid salaries and bonuses.
The home side put aside their in-house differences and were able to score through Tripple B rookie defender Michael Variso beating his goalkeeper Prince Dube in the 10th and 35th minutes.
Frank Bushire scored the third goal for the asbestos miners in the 66th minute while Tripple B got their goals from Alick Marime (16) and Lloyd Chiwaridzo (63).
After the match, Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere breathed a huge sigh of relief but once again fired a salvo at the club's executive for abandoning the team.
“I am very happy with this win because it took some pressure of us. It was a torrid week for us because the players did not train the whole week and it risks injuries for the players,” he said.
“The executive is there on paper but is nonexistent because they are not supportive to the players at all.
“They don’t want to pay the players their winning bonuses and if we go on a winning streak they try to frustrate the players so that they won’t pay the winning bonuses.”
Tripple B coach Peter Manoti said he was impressed with his team's performance despite the defeat.
“I am pleased with the way we played because we are already building a team for Division One next year,” said Manoti.
“I brought in a number of young players so that they have a feel of the game. We want to make a quick return to the Premiership next season.”