Expect no favours - Ntini

HARARE - After one year in the Castle Premiership, Chiredzi FC coach Gishon Ntini has conceded that the Lowveld-based side cannot escape relegation.

Chiredzi are certain for a quick return to Division One as they sit at the bottom of the table with a paltry 14 points with only five matches left before the season comes to an end.

Ntini reckons they now need more than a miracle to survive as they travel to Bulawayo this afternoon to face How Mine at Hartsfield Rugby Ground.

The Bulawayo gold miners are also desperate for maximum points in their own battle to survive relegation.

How Mine are on 10th place on the log table with 32 points, five better than Triangle who occupy the last relegation slot. 

“The chances of us surviving relegation are close to nothing my brother,” Ntini told the Daily news yesterday.

“The truth of the matter is that things have not been well for us. The team have been struggling just like most of the teams in the Premiership and it’s hard to motivate empty stomachs. 

“Imagine travelling on the match day. It’s difficult my brother.”

The former CAPS United coach has, however, vowed to remain professional as the season reaches its climax with most of the teams fighting for different causes.

“We remain committed to compete at the highest level. We are wearing a thick skin; we are not going to do anyone a favour. We will fight until the last day,” said Ntini.

Ntini’s side still have to play against Black Rhinos, Highlanders, Triangle and FC Platinum to complete their season.

Luke Masomere will be hoping to maintain his unbeaten run in the league since taking over as How Mine coach earlier this year.

The nomadic gaffer got off his league campaign with a 3-2 victory over ZPC Kariba before guiding Chikurupati to a goalless draw against CAPS United.

They went to draw 1-1 draw against Chicken Inn before beating Hwangw 2-1 in their last league encounter at the Colliery.

Masomere lost to Harare giants Dynamos in the NetOne Wallet Cup in his first game in charge after joining from army side Buffaloes before he was knocked out of the Chibuku Super Cup by Bulawayo giants Highlanders.

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