Gloom in Buffaloes camp

MUTARE - There is gloom in the Buffaloes camp ahead of today's Castle Premiership match at home against Shabanie Mine with their coach Luke Masomere saying his side could be relegated.

Although the self-proclaimed “Football Doctor” engineered a 2-1 against the asbestos miners in the reverse fixture last month, he believes today’s match is a different encounter considering the problems in the Buffaloes camp.

“We might be eight or seventh on the log now but we have the capacity to go down. Buffaloes don’t have the capacity to rise to a better position on the log because of what is transpiring.

“I’m really worried about the situation as we speak because our team will be relegated at the end of the season.”

The Mutare-based soldiers currently occupy seventh place on the log with 23 points from 16 matches but they are just five points above the last relegation spot.

If they continue to drop points, Buffaloes will soon find themselves involved in the relegation mix.

Non-payment of bonuses, salaries and bonuses is threatening to grind the Mutare-based army team to a standstill and Masomere says he is powerless to motivate his players under such circumstances.

“It’s not easy for me to put a very positive remark in terms of how the team is going to play because l don't know what the mood of the players will be like since they have gone a long time without being recognised financially,” Masomere said.

"You might say the team should win but what are you doing to do to make the team win? I'm doing my best in training but nobody can demand a good result.

“Nobody can say you guys should win. What are you doing for the team to win?”

The well-travelled coach also revealed that he has been forced to run around the eastern border town with a begging bowl asking for food for his players from the team’s supporters.

“I also want to urge our supporters to rally behind the team. Why can't they sit down and contribute a $1or $2 each so that players can have food,” he said.

"I'm now also tired of moving around everyday begging food for players. Why can't supporters get organised and come up with an executive that will also move around looking for donations so that l can concentrate on coaching the team.”

Buffaloes go into today’s match still smarting from a 2-1 loss away to struggling Chiredzi FC last weekend.

With most Buffaloes supporters hoping that their team might use their home advantage to get back to winning ways, Masomere, however, paints a sorry picture of what is happening inside the club.

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