SHABANIE Mine coach Luke Masomere has predicted a tough match when his side clashes with on fire Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match to be played at Maglas Stadium tomorrow.
The Chinda Boys saw their fairy tale run of three consecutive wins being brought to a halt after falling 2-0 away to Black Mambas on Wednesday.
Chicken Inn are revelling in glory after beating the league’s oldest team Highlanders 1-0, to claim the bragging rights in Bulawayo and move into second position on the log.
Such contrasting fortunes between Shabanie Mine and the Gamecocks that are the reason Masomere is fretting.
“It’s going to be a very tough match and I must admit that they are the best side so far in the league, and we are trying to match them. I have watched them play and they are a complete team.
“They have quality players and boast depth in their team. If they lose one player they don’t feel it unlike us, if we lose one player we feel the void. That alone can give them the edge, but the fact that we are playing at home will give us an advantage,” he said.
Masomere, who boast a clean bill of health in his dressing room, welcomes back forceful striker Caleb Masocha, who missed the midweek defeat to Black Mambas due to suspension, and the outspoken coach believes Masocha’s return to the team comes as a morale booster.
“We don’t have any injury worries. In actual fact, we welcome back Caleb Masocha, who is one of our regular players. He was out due to suspension and his return will obviously boost morale in camp.
“He is an important player in the team and his return will obviously widen my selection options ahead of the match,” said Vahombe.