Ncube begins How Mine reign

BULAWAYO – Castle Premiership debutants How Mine’s new head coach Philani “Beef” Ncube is hoping for a positive start to his reign when the gold miners play Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium this Wednesday.

Ncube, who was recently elevated to the position of head coach after the axing of his namesake Philani Mabhena, is a former Chicken Inn coach and was responsible for their promotion into the top flight a couple of years ago.

“I cannot focus much on the recent break because it can turn out to be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on the situation on the ground at a particular club,” Ncube told the Daily News.

“As How Mine all we have to do is to concentrate on the job at hand and come away with a positive result against Chicken Inn.”

The gold miners acquired the services of former Warriors shot-stopper Ephraim Mazarura during the mid-season transfer window and his presence is likely to bring stability to the team’s goalkeeping department.

Nonjabulo Notice Dube and Pedzisai Gumiremhete took turns to keep goal for How Mine in the first half of the season but neither of the two goalies was convincing and Mazarura could be handed a start.

How Mine will be missing the services of their skipper Herbert Dick who is out through suspension and Ncube said they could also be without their star striker Simba Sithole who is set to travel to South Africa for trials.

The striking duties are likely to fall on Simon Njeleza and the bustling Nqobile Mpala in the event that Sithole manages to travel.

Chicken Inn prevailed 1-0 in the reverse fixture with the country’s leading goal scorer Tendai Ndoro on target for the Gamecocks.

The How Mine defence will have to keep a close eye on Ndoro as the striker’s game has developed even further since their last meeting after being capped by the senior national team.

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