SHABANIE Mine players will be rewarded handsomely for winning the BancABC Sup8r Cup after beating Zvishavane town rivals FC Platinum 5-3 in a penalty shootout after an exciting 120 minutes played at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.
REPORT BY FORTUNE MBELE
A senior player yesterday told our Bulawayo Bureau that the club’s executive had agreed that the crisis-ridden club would be sharing the Sup8r pay cheque. The players and the technical team would be getting 50% of the $120 000 prize money.
“The executive guaranteed that will be getting 50% if we win the trophy and as players we are hoping that they will be sticking to that. We played our hearts out yesterday (on Saturday) and I think we deserve that after we had some disagreements before the match,” the player said.
A source revealed that on Friday the Shabanie players briefly broke camp following the club’s non-committal attitude to guarantee the players 50% if they clinched the trophy.
The source said the players had also protested camping at Asbestos House instead of an up-market lodge in Zvishavane ahead of the derby final.
Shabanie Mine chairperson Nephel Rugara’s mobile phone was not available for comment yesterday.
Midfielder Tafadzwa Mombeshora, who won the man-of-the-match award and a $500 reward, had this to say after the match: “We played better than FC Platinum. We followed instructions and played as a team and the 12th man (fans) also had a part to play.”
His coach Luke Masomere was over the moon saying while Shabanie Mine had their own in-house problems, the victory was for the people of Zvishavane while Platinum’s Mutasa said his boys lost the plot in regulation time.