How Mine coach Luke “Vahombe” Masomere resigned yesterday following the 3-0 drubbing by high-riding FC Platinum on Wednesday in Bulawayo.
How Mine vice-chairman, Alpha Matumbura confirmed Masomere’s resignation to NewsDay Sport yesterday.
Jerry Makote has taken over the hot seat with immediate effect and is being assisted by Sheunesu Chaka. Themba Sibanda remains goalkeepers coach, while Simba Rusike remains in charge of their Division Three side.
The going has been tough for the self-proclaimed doctor of football, whose side, despite going on a shopping spree during the transfer window, has been inconsistent.
Perched on eighth position on the log table, Masomere’s side managed to collect a paltry two points out of the possible 15, losing three matches in a row and managing two draws.
Before the FC Platinum match, How Mine had lost to Tsholotsho, 2-1 where goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya conceded one goal from his opposite number directly from a goal kick. Before that, Chikurupati had lost to defending champions Dynamos 1-0. The two draws were against Triangle, 0-0 and another 0-0 draw away in Kariba against ZPC.
Contacted for comment, Masomere confirmed having tendered his resignation yesterday afternoon.
“I tendered my resignation this afternoon [yesterday]. I thought it was the right move because results were not coming,” he said.
There were high expectations at the beginning of the year when Masomere dominated the transfer market going as far as Harare to bring big names in what many dubbed “Mean Machine” that included former Dynamos midfielder Devon Chafa and Tawanda Muparati.
The shopping spree did not end there as Masomere went on to pounce on ZPC Kariba marksman and Soccer Star of the Year second runner-up, Limited Chikafa and former Highlanders striker Charles Sibanda.
Both Sibanda and Chikafa graced last season’s soccer stars calendar with the former sharing the Golden Boot award with How Mine striker Kudakwashe Musharu, each having banged in 12 goals.
Masomere also snapped former Highlanders shot stopper Munyaradzi Diya before luring back former gunslinger Benjamin Marere, who had a short stint with FC Platinum before retracing his footprints to the Bulawayo-based gold miners.
Ex-CAPS United skipper Tapiwa Khumbuyani joined the club, as striker Leftara Ndale coming from Masvingo United.
However, Masomere seems to have failed to make a mark on the local football landscape, with the entire arsenal that he bought.
Source : NewsDayZimbabwe