HOW Mine have insisted that Philani “Beefy” Ncube is still their coach and will be in charge when his side resumes their rivalry against Chicken Inn in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup and Mandava on Sunday.
There had been reports that either Buffaloes gaffer Luke Masomere or Mkhupali Masuku would replace Ncube who has gone for eight straight Premier Soccer League games without a win.
But How Mine vice-chairman Alpha Matumbura yesterday dismissed reports that Ncube was on his way out.
“It is not true. I don’t know where that is coming from, but Beefy is still in charge at How Mine. In fact, as a club, we will be issuing out a statement very soon,” Matumbura said in the absence of chairman Mlondolozi Nkomo who is in South Africa.
However, sources are adamant that Ncube is facing the axe and Masuku, who has been at Highlanders, Caps United and Chicken Inn and has been assistant to Ian Gorowa at the Warriors, is likely to take over.
Another possible replacement, Masomere, however, flatly denied any links to the gold miners yesterday.
How Mine, who enjoyed a brief stay at the top of the log standings earlier this season, have of late endured a rough patch, picking up only two points from two draws in eight matches against FC Platinum at Luveve and Highlanders at Barbourfields.
The gold miners have dropped to position 11 with 23 points after having lost six times in the last eight games against FC Platinum, Triangle (home and away), Black Rhinos (home and away) and Highlanders.
Their tonic, however, is beating Highlanders in the One Wallet Cup quarter-finals 4-3 in a penalty shootout at Ascot Stadium on July 19.
How Mine last won a league match on June 12 when they edged Buffaloes 2-1 at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.
They represented the country in the Orange Caf Confederation Cup after playing their first season in the top-flight league following their loss to Highlanders in the Mbada Diamonds Cup last year as the Bulawayo giants were not eligible for the continental showcase.