Shabanie Mine Football Club are keen to avenge the 5-1 loss they suffered at the hands of Black Mambas last month when the two sides meet in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Maglas Stadium Sunday.
Mambas went on a rampage when they scored five goals — all in a charged second half in the reverse league fixture played at Morris Depot on June 11 — to hand the asbestos miners their heaviest defeat of the season.
Mambas and Shabanie, who share 16 points in as many games while sitting on positions 13 and 14 respectively, square up in a relegation battle, as they both seek survival in the Premier League.
Yesterday, Shabanie Mine coach Arnold Jani said it was payback time for the policemen who battered their image.
“We are going to get revenge on Sunday (tomorrow). I was not happy at all about that game so it is payback time. We are gunning for nothing else but three points,” said Jani.
Shabanie Mine’s Premiership campaign had been hampered by shared spoils on seven occasions.
“We have drawn many matches so it is now time to start winning matches and stay safe. Definitely we are not going to get relegated, we will survive.
The problem is that my strikers have not been scoring consistently, but I am sure it will be a thing of the past soon,” he said.
Both sides have not been consistent in front of goal as their highest scorers boast, paltry three goals each. Caleb Masocha tops the Shabanie Mine charts while Sebastian Mutizirwa, Talent Ngwerume and Audience Rundofa share three goals apiece.
However, the police side will miss the services of Rundofa who is on trial at Botswana b-Mobile Premier League side Tafic, while Shabanie midfielder Rowen Nenzou was still on the treatment table nursing a groin injury.
Mambas coach John Ncube said he was wary of his opponents’ intentions to settle old scores.
“I am looking forward to the game.
I know it will not be an easy match because they (Shabanie) will be at home and also they would want to take revenge on us. But I believe we will come out with all the three points,” said Ncube.
Shabanie Mine who boast safe hands in Roy Mazingi have not boosted their squad much during the current transfer window period and have only lost twice at home this term.
First they were handed a 2-0 upset by Chicken Inn back in April before they surrendered the bragging rights in the first Zvishavane derby with a 3-1 loss to FC Platinum a month later.
The Chinda Boys interestingly shared three goals apiece in each of their last two matches against Blue Ribbon home and away, while Mambas last week lost 3-1 to Shooting Stars at home.