A TOUGH task lies ahead for relegation-threatened How Mine when they take on impressive ZPC Kariba in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Hartsfield Stadium today as coach Luke Masomere takes charge of his first league match at the club.
In his first assignment with the gold miners, Masomere lost 0-2 to Dynamos in the One Wallet Cup semi-final last Sunday at Mandava Stadium.
While How Mine are facing the chop from the league, ZPC Kariba have defied all odds in their maiden season in the league losing one match from 21 games.
ZPC Kariba could by the end of the day dislodge Highlanders from second spot if they beat How Mine.
Dynamos lead the pack with 42 points from 22 games, Highlanders are second with 39 points from the same number of games while ZPC Kariba are a point behind from 21 games.
How Mine are fourth from the bottom of the log standings with 24 points from 21 games.
“It is going to be a very tough assignment because ZPC Kariba are on a roll. They are winning week in, week out. However, we have prepared well for this match. We know the dangers of losing. We do not want to be relegated,” the former Buffaloes coach.
“I do not want to talk much about relegation because being in the relegation zone does not mean you will be relegated. We are building a team that will compete next year. We want players who will show character and who want to play for How Mine.”
Menard Mupera, Louis Matawu and Emmanuel Mandiranga are nursing injuries while Morris Kadzola is on suspension after accumulating three yellow cards.
ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka knows that a win today will put his team firmly in the championship.
“Our objective was to survive and we have achieved that. Our objective was not to fight for the championship, but if we win tomorrow [today], then we are in the race. If we win why not go for the championship?,” he said.
“It is going to be a very difficult game. How Mine have made changes to their bench. They want to scratch something from this game.
“They are targeting to start on a high and win the three points.
“We are going to give it our very best shot. We are not going to sit back and let them throw everything at us.”
Chaminuka said he is disappointed that they will miss Norest Mukwezaramba who has been instrumental in the team scoring goals and creating opportunities. Mukwezaramba is attending to his father who is not feeling well.