Beefy parts ways with How Mine

HARARE - How Mine has parted ways with coach Philani 'Beefy' Ncube although it is unclear whether he has left the club on his own terms or has been pushed.

Assistant coach Usheunesu Chaka, who helped the club gain promotion into the topflight league, has been thrust into the How Mine hot seat on interim basis.

Ncube had taken the reigns from Philani Mabhena last year, going on to help the club qualify for the Orange Caf Confederation Cup in their first season in the league.

He went an audacious shopping spree before leading Chikurupati to the first round of the Confed Cup, losing out 3-2 on aggregate to Nigeria’s Bayelsa United.

But recent results have left him at loggerheads with the club’s executive.

How Mine have only managed one draw and four defeats in their last five games and find themselves in 11th place with 23 points from 19 games.

Ncube has in recent times laid the blame on the absence of injured midfield talisman Menard Mupera.

In his absence, Ncube had turned to Gilbert Banda who was equally impressive in defence but lacked the creative abilities of his colleague going forward.

Ncube’s departure comes as How Mine are preparing to face Chicken Inn in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup this weekend.

“If that is true, then a team like that is dangerous,” Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube said of his namesake’s departure yesterday.

The match has been set for Mandava Stadium as Luveve is undergoing renovations.

“We are not worried that we will play at Mandava, that is like our second home,” Ncube added.

“Remember we won the NetOne Charity Shield last year after beating CAPS United 3-2 in the final at Mandava. We also beat FC Platinum in the first round of NetOne Super8 so it has been a good ground for us.”

Chibuku Cup first-round fixtures:

Tomorrow: ZPC Kariba v Harare City (Rimuka), FC Platinum v Bantu (Mandava), Caps United v Chapungu (Rufaro), How Mine v Chicken Inn (Luveve).

Sunday: Dynamos v Black Rhinos (Gwanzura), Highlanders v Shabanie Mine (Luveve), Hwange v Triangle (Colliery), Buffaloes v Chiredzi (Sakubva).

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