Paul Mundandi, Zvishavane Sports Correspondent
SHABANIE Mine football club technical manager Taku Shariwa has stoked flames ahead of their clash against Chicken Inn by boldly declaring that the Bulawayo side is coming to Zvishavane to donate points.
Chicken Inn are among the three teams favoured to win the championship this season but Shariwa feels that his club just like Caps United, are party spoilers.
“Chicken Inn are going to award us three points on Friday afternoon and we are already eagerly waiting for the donation. We are not going to be doing FC Platinum any favours as some people always say but we will be playing football so that we move a little bit up. Everyone knows that we are in the relegation zone so how can we just allow them to collect maximum points?
“We respect Rahman Gumbo (Chicken Inn coach) as he has done extremely well in Zimbabwe and abroad and has won the championship several times. He is a revered coach. We respect a number of players in their team but they are going to face a fired up Shabanie Mine on Friday and despite us being a team with average players we are going to try and do our best,” said Shariwa.
The Zvishavane side has a strong belief in their youngsters who are slowly becoming a formidable side under the captainship of former Dynamos forward Farai Mupasiri. Since losing to Tsholotsho in Beitbridge, the team has gone for eight games without a defeat even posting shocking results against ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga which showed their pedigree.
They have drawn against Dynamos, won against Ngezi Platinum at home and they are hoping that the Gamecocks will be their next victim.
Wellington Taderera who was plucked from Division One with six goals to his credit has been a revelation and with Nyasha Mpofu and Wilson Mupasiri in the lineup, Chicken Inn are likely to find the going tough.