Masomere basks in glory

ZVISHAVANE - Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere is revelling in glory after guiding his team to the victory over rivals FC Platinum in the BancABC Sup8r Cup final at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

The asbestos miners won the match 5-3 on penalties after the match had finished goalless in regulation time.

This is the first time that Shabanie have won a major trophy in domestic football since 2001 when they lifted the BP Cup.

Yesterday, Shabanie went into the match bubbling with confidence with Masomere declaring in the build-up they were going to win at all costs.

True to his word his team put up a splendid performance against their more illustrious opponents matching them pound for pound.

“We were well prepared for this match we matched them pound for pound despite the fact that we were facing some problems. But we put aside those problems and we matched them throughout the game,” said the self proclaimed ‘Doctor of Zimbabwe footall’.

“We didn’t allow them to get to us and that worked for us. My players also played according to instructions.

“We can hardly go for more than a week without problems. But credit should go to the players for really playing to win they deserve it.”

In all fairness, Shabanie should have won the match in regulation time after creating a number of scoring opportunities that were wasted by Erea Phiri and Caleb Masocha.

FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa conceded defeat but rued the missed chances that they failed to put away particularly in the second half.

“We had a number of chances but we failed to utilise them. The guys played well but the final touch was missing, there is always a tomorrow and we need to remain focused and plan for future games," said Mutasa.

This was the second time that Mutasa has lot in the Sup8r final. The FC Platinum coach was in charge of the defunct Shooting Stars, who lost to Lengthens in 2009.

Shabanie captain Tafadzwa Mombeshora said team work carried the day for them against their itter city rivals.

“We knew that our strength lies in team work because we don’t have stars in the team. We knew that Platinum play individual soccer and we capitalised on that,” said Mombeshora.

“Our supporters are also magnificent because they rallied behind the team in these trying times for us a club.

“We wanted to make history for ourselves by becoming the only team from outside Harare and Bulawayo to win two trophies this one and the BP of 2001.

“This win one is for the Zvishavane community including FC Platinum because it was a good advertisement for the town and we have showed Zimbabwe and Africa through SuperSport that this is a town to reckon with.”

Shabanie was nearly thrown into turmoil on the eve of the match with players threatening to boycott camp because they did not want to be housed at guest lodge owned by the mine.

The players also wanted a firm guarantee by the club's executive that they will get half of the $120 000 prize money.

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