Shabanie on verge of glory

HARARE - Shabanie Mine could bounce back into the Castle Lager Premiership if they defeat Zvishavane rivals FC Platinum Under-19 this Saturday at Maglas Stadium.

Although there is still confusion over which promotion format will be used, Shabanie will win the Zifa Central Region Division One League if they get three points during this weekend’s derby.

The Chinda Boys are currently on 63 points and five ahead of second-placed Ivan Hoe from Kwekwe.

The former Premiership side cemented their place at the top of the log last weekend courtesy of a 2-0 away win over Gweru United at Wilson Stadium.

Shabanie coach Tendai Chikuni said he is never shot of belief that the championship is certain.

“We are just approaching this match just like any other and after travelling a long distance to where we are right now, I would say I leave it to the players to maintain the momentum they have exhibited this whole season and deliver,” the former FC Platinum coach said.

“It’s not going to be an easy match given the rivalry between the two clubs, I have crossed the great divide to join Shabanie from FC Platinum but I won’t be reading much into my time with Platinum as I have a new home, a new mandate and a new vision.

“Shabanie is a bigger brand and I’m grateful for the support that we have received from our fans, who have ensured that the stadium is packed every time we play as well as a lot of well-wishers who have helped with financial resources to aid our campaign.”

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