Cash strapped Shabanie Mine have been dealt a huge blow following the departure of their coaching personnel ahead of the upcoming season set to commence on March 10.
By Sportbrief Reporter
Taku Shariwa, who has been deputizing Takesure Chiragwi has since deserted the club after a fallout with the executive.
The turmoil emanated from factional differences within the club structures amid revelations that the assistant coach Shariwa was accused of sympathising with the recently-dethroned executive led by Elias Marufu.
“We attended an executive meeting and some of the attendants came with placards and banners inscribed ‘Shariwa must go’ and I did just that,” he said.
Despite the hardships and lack of financiers at the Zvishavane-based outfit, Shariwa helped the club survive relegation from the topflight league last season.
Meanwhile, cross town rivals FC Platinum who will be representing the country on club’s continental games said they are ready to take on the African safari challenge.
In the three international friendly matches they played, the Zimbabwean champions only scored one goal, but coach Norman Mapeza said he expected the lack of sharpness in front of goal during the pre-season with his charges still to shake-off the rust of the off-season.
After their last international friendly match against Nkana, the two-time championship winning coach, Mapeza, declared that his charges are now ready for the African safari.
“It was a good performance from the guys and at the end of the day it is not about results we are just preparing. I have been happy ever since even when we lost against Zanaco, the guys did well they played good football. It is pre-season, those mistakes are bound to happen as the guys are not sharp yet but in terms of performance I think we are now ready