Shabanie Mine Football Club chairman Webster Chitono has saluted the club’s fans for their passionate support amidst the Chinda Boys enduring a torrid season.
Shabanie boast arguably the most fervent supporters who have vociferously backed their team by filling Maglas Stadium even when the chips are down.
Followers of the country’s traditional giants Dynamos, Highlanders and Caps United tend to shy away from attending matches when favourable results are eluding their teams but the asbestos miners fans have stood by their team in trying times.
A goal in either half by Tawanda Mareya spurred Shabanie to a 2-0 win over Caps United on Wednesday to brighten their chances of escaping the dreaded chop. Chitono expressed his pride over the club’s fans and promised to repay their allegiance by avoiding relegation.
“I want to thank our fans for standing by our side even when we are down. My gratitude goes to everyone who has always been behind us throughout the season.
Things were always not well for us, even now we are not in a good position but our supporters have never lost hope in us. To do justice to their allegiance we will repay them by surviving relegation because they deserve more,” said Chitono
Meanwhile, after passing the Caps United test, Masomere has said their sights are now placed on Chicken Inn away in Bulawayo on Sunday, as they continue with their survival battle final push.
“Now we have to plan for Chicken Inn. We have to do the best to collect maximum points. We are now under intense pressure to win all our remaining games because we managed to beat Caps. So our fans now believe we will really survive relegation. Had we lost the Caps match I do not think we would be under this kind of pressure,” said Masomere.
After travelling for an acid test against tricky Chicken Inn, Shabanie host Highlanders in their last match of the season.
While the Chinda Boys have to ensure their safety themselves by winning their next two games, they are also praying for Black Mambas and Monomotapa to falter.