Following on a shock defeat to struggling Shooting Stars last Thursday, deflated Motor Action have an ideal opportunity to banish the loss when basement side Shabanie Mine visit Motor Action Sports Club Monday.
The game promises to be an enthralling affair that will see Motor Action’s title defence credentials being tested, while on the other hand Shabanie will be out to get their first three sets of points this season.
The Mighty Bulls will no doubt look upon this fixture as very winnable, although what on paper seems relatively straightforward is far harder task in reality.
Shabanie had a disastrous start to the season, going down 3 – 0 to Highlanders before being humbled 2 – 0 by current log leaders Chicken Inn, a result that claimed the scalp of coach Soul Chaminuka and the entire executive.
Arnold Jani was appointed as the new coach, assisted by Andrew Chisunga and Elvis Muuya while Webster Chitonho was appointed executive chairman.
On his first assignment as head coach, Jani was humiliated 4 – 0 by a rampant Caps United but in soccer there is a famous adage that goes: when staring death in the face, teams often muster superhuman strength in order to survive, and that is exactly what the Motor Action side should just expect, a big fight.
“I should admit that we had some problems in the last few weeks but everything is now in order,” assured Jani.
“Those three defeats are water under the bridge now, we want to open a new chapter for the team and that will start with this (Motor Action) game. They are the league champions and they will be playing in front of their fans but we will not lie down and let them overrun us, we will give them a big fight,” added Jani.
Shabanie Mine, who were not in action midweek after their match against FC Platinum was postponed after the death of coach Benjamin Moyo, will be looking not only for first points on the board but also to score their first goal of the season.
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League fixtures:
Highlanders v Dynamos (Barbourfields), Motor Action v Shabanie Mine (Motor Action sports club), FC Platinum v Gunners (postponed), Hwange v Monomotapa (Colliery), Masvingo United v Kiglon (Mucheke)