Injury hit Shabanie, Mambas clash

ZVISHAVANE - Shabanie Mine have been hit by a number of injuries to key players ahead of their trick tie against Black Mambas at Maglas Stadium this afternoon.

Utility players Blessed Mbavarira, Philip Sithole and Kudzanayi Kwashi have all been ruled out after sustaining injuries in their Castle Premiership match against Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

The asbestos miners lost 1-0.

Mbavarira, who can play either as a central defender or holding midfielder, was pulled off in the first half after a collision with Milton Ncube and was replaced by Sithole.

But the veteran player also did not last long before he succumbed to injury and had to be replaced by Kwashi, who also got injured towards the end of that match.

Bustling forward Tarisai Rukanda, the unsung hero at the Zvishavane club, is also doubtful for today’s match alongside Malvin Fenyeka and Boniface Dimanji.

But good news for coach Luke Masomere is that man-of-the-moment Pervington Zimunya is back from suspension and is expected to ably-support leading goal scorer Nelson Mazivisa upfront.

Zimunya hit top form in the last few matches and was instrumental in propelling Shabanie Mine into the quarter-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup with a man-of-the-match performance against Hwange, curling a beautiful free kick past Hwange goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda.

But Masomere remains defiant in face of the injuries that have ravaged his team.

 “Of course, injuries have plagued my team ahead of this encounter but I’m still optimistic that we are still going to get the three points,” Masomere told the Daily News yesterday.

“About five regular players are out injured but we have able replacements who are eager to fight for the team and Mambas should not read much into that because they will be surprised at the end.

People should also not read much into our loss to Highlanders because despite the defeat, we played well and the boys have noted their mistakes.”

But Mambas are not spared of injuries themselves as Convenience Hungwe, Nicholas Alifandika and Sam Mutenheri are nursing injuries and might not make it for today’s match.

Shabanie and Mambas, who were fighting relegation together last year, underwent different transitions this year.

Shabanie Mine are now fighting for honours while Mambas are in the same predicament as last year — fighting for survival again.

Last year, Mambas beat the miners home and way, winning 2-1 at Maglas in the first encounter with Kasimero Chimbadzwa and Innocent Nyoni carrying the day for the police side before routing Shabanie 5-1 at Morris Depot in the return fixture. - Sports Writer

    Post a comment

    Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
    Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
    - Editor

    Your email address will not be shared.