Former champs Monomotapa relegated

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HARARE – Monomotapa's eight year stay with the Castle Premiership came to an end yesterday after losing this crucial match yesterday.

Just five years ago, Monomotapa were crowned champions of Zimbabwe, and even reached the group stages of the prestigious African Champions League the following season.

Going into yesterday’s match, Monomotapa needed to win to take their fight against relegation to the last game of the season.

Their resilience was however broken by Thembani Masuku’s second half strike for How Mine.

How Mine moved into seventh position with 41 points.

“Basically we did not prepare for this game because we have not been meeting. All the problems have to do with our finances,” Monomotapa assistant coach Conrad Nyambabvu said after the match.

“There was no zeal to play, our main aim was only to fulfil the fixture, football is all about team work and as for us the technical department and players we have done our job. Honestly, it’s hard to motivate players when the situation is like this.

Our players have gone for six month without salaries. 

For our remaining matches we are going only to fulfil the fixtures so that we avoid being sanctioned by the Zimbabwe Football Association.

Our boys played well but there was nothing to motivate them and the future of the team is very bleak.”

Masuku scored with a low range shot in the 46th minute after receiving a pass from Timothy January inside the box.

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