Black Mambas technical director Madinda Ndlovu will come under scrutiny this afternoon when his side Black Mambas clash against Kiglon Bird at Rufaro Stadium in Harare.
Ndlovu is fresh from a morale boosting 3-1 win as caretaker coach for the senior national soccer team against Mozambique on Wednesday.
That makes him the main attraction in this game.
Kiglon, who had a decent start to the season, have found the going tough in the league, but that could only be credited to the financial woes that have hit the club.
The team, who had last won in September, got a lifeline last week after they beat relegation, threatened Douglas Warriors 2-1 last Saturday.
There were reports that all was not well in the Kiglon camp, amid revelations that the players had not been getting their dues.
Players like Samuel Chitsamba, Daniel Million, Lawrence Mwashita, Kebbie Kamhapa and Martin Vengesai have been missing in the Kiglon camp.
“We are living in a tight situation. Things are not well at the club and it has been difficult for me to motivate these boys, but as a coach you have to have an element of player management,” said Kiglon coach Lloyd Mutasa on Thursday.
“The only thing I tell them is to continue working hard. I tell them about Knowledge Musona who was playing at Aces but is now at Kaizer Chiefs.
“He didn’t care much about money but had love for the game,” added the former Dynamos midfilder.
Mutasa is still optimistic his team will not face the dreaded chop come December, despite hanging precariously on 10th position with 27 points, four off the relegation cut-off point.
Mambas go into the match heavily deflated after the 1-0 defeat to log leaders Motor Action last Satuday.
“That is now water under the bridge. We have to pick ourselves up again,” said Mambas coach John Ncube on Thursday.
“We did not start the season very well but from the time we bought new players we have been doing very well. I believe we have players who can move us from the relegation zone,” added Ncube.