Shabanie in turmoil ahead of BancABC final

ZVISHAVANE - Turbulent times returned to rock the Shabanie Mine ship once again ahead of the crucial BancABC Sup8r Cup final against rivals FC Platinum at Mandava Saturday afternoon after players broke camp over unpaid dues.

While their opponents FC Platinum went into camp on Wednesday, Shabanie Mine were still to get into camp by end of day Friday. The players wanted a guarantee from the club that they would indeed get the promised half share of the $120 000 prize money should they win the cup.

The players were also against the club's move to house them at Asbestos House, a guest house for the mine whose standards they claim are substandard. The players who spoke on condition of anonymity said they broke camp because their executive was not sincere.

“Our executive is not clear; they have been giving us fake promises for a long time,” the players said.

“What we didn’t stomach is the fact that camping allowances and accommodation for this match are paid for by BancABC and for the executive to house us at Asbestos is an insult to us, look at how FC Platinum is organized in every aspect.”

Last week, coach Luke Masomere castigated the executive for not showing commitment towards the team.

Meanwhile, Shabanie Mine secretary general Pithias Shoko dismissed the allegations as baseless and rallied his team ahead of Saturday’s final.

“Those are hearsay coming from our detractors, I can confirm that the guys trained in the morning and requested for a long break in between and camp will resume in the evening,” said Shoko.

“I don’t believe in predictions but in this case I’m tempted to say that Shabanie will win 3-1.”

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