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Masomere: To leave or stay at Shabanie?

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SHABANIE MINE coach Luke Masomere might stay at the club after all.

BY EPHRAIM SHOKO

Two months after announcing that he would quit the asbestos miners at the end of the season, he has not made a decision on his future.

The outspoken coach who guided Shabanie Mine to the BancABC Sup8r triumph, made public his intentions to quit the club in October after seeing his side come from behind to scrap a 1-1 home draw against Monomotapa.

Masomere, the self-proclaimed doctor of football, has enjoyed a love-and-hate relationship with the Shabanie Mine executive against which he has, on many occasions, publicly launched vitriol, accusing it of sabotaging his efforts.

But two weeks after the 2013 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League ended, Masomere says he is still open to renewing his contract with the Zvishavane-based side and may as well stay if the club tables an interesting offer.

His contract with the club runs out on December 31.

“What I can say now is that I’m still the Shabanie Mine head coach until December 31 when my contract expires. I’m still weighing my options and if Shabanie Mine want to renew my contract and offer something better, I will stay.

“As long as life is good here I will stay. What everyone out there wants is a good life and that is what I’m looking for as well,” he said.

Vahombe, as Masomere is fondly called in football circles, revealed that he had been approached by a club which wants his services for the next season, but was still weighing the offers.

The maverick gaffer was, however, not in a position to reveal the name of the club fearing to jeopardise negotiations which he said were ongoing, although Buffaloes are interested.

“Right now I’m open to one team which has approached me for my services. We are still negotiating and if their offer is good I may join them. All I’m looking for is a team with bigger ambitions than just playing in the Premiership.

“If Shabanie Mine make such ambitions and offer me a better contract of course I will consider staying,” he said.

Talking of teams interested in playing in Africa, Masomere is easily courting the attention of clubs like FC Platinum and Chicken Inn.

Masomere guided Shabanie Mine to BancABC glory after beating rivals FC Platinum in the final.

He, however, could not secure another berth in the tournament for the Zvishavane side the next season, after his side failed to secure a top eight finish on the log.

Despite recurrent fallouts with the Shabanie Mine executive, Masomere has remained the darling of many Chinda Boys fans.

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