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Shabanie battle for survival continues

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Relegation-haunted Shabanie Mine face what could be a gargantuan task in their final push of their survival battle when they face Caps United in a Castle Larger Premier Soccer League match at Maglas Stadium today.

With the season drawing to an end, the Chinda Boys begin the first of their last three tricky matches against Caps United arriving in Zvishavane unbeaten in six matches.

The Green Machine last tasted defeat in August with a 1-0 loss away at Hwange.

The asbestos miners, who are on the brink of losing their Premiership status are on 13th spot with 28 points and the Caps tie would be a stern test for them.

For the umpteenth time, Shabanie coach Luke Masomere yesterday reiterated his side would escape relegation even though their last three matches are a Herculean task.

Shabanie are trying to cheat relegation in their season itinerary which is left with United as well as an away clash with Chicken Inn before wrapping up a torrid season against Highlanders at home.

“Yes, we will survive relegation even though we are left with very difficult games. There are no easy games in this league. You only find small teams in lower leagues and not in the Premier League. All the teams are equally strong and that is the Premiership for you,” said Masomere.

“We are well prepared for the Caps match and we are ready for them. They are, however, one of the best sides in the league. They are a complete team, but we obviously are not ruling ourselves out in this tie because we will do our very best.

Our strength is on team work such that I cannot single out individuals in my team and that is where we will win.”

After urging Dynamos fans to come and back his team in the Zvishavane derby against Platinum, Masomere has this time turned to their town rival fans for support.

“I urge Shabanie fans to come in their numbers and support us in their usual impressive manner. Even Platinum fans, why can’t they come and rally behind us as well?

Would they be happy if Shabanie is relegated? Of course they would not enjoy football in Zvishavane if Shabanie is no longer in the Premier League. At this time we need each other, so let us unite,” he said.

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