After a poor first half of the season in the Ruyamuro Northern Region Soccer League in which they finished fourth from bottom, with just four wins in 17 matches, Shamva Mine are now pinning their turnaround hopes on new coach Arthur ‘Tuts’ Tutani.
Shamva Mine started the second half of the campaign brightly beating PAM FC 3-1 in Tutani’s first match in charge at the weekend with new boys Stephen Zhogi and Noah Tagata also marking their debut with a goal each.
Tutani, a serial title winner in the Northern Region Soccer League with five titles, three as head coach and two as an assistant coach, has promised to transform Shamva Mine.
“My immediate task at the moment is to save the team from relegation. After that, I will then build a team with a mixture of experienced guys and youth which will fight for the title next year,” Tutani said.
The win over PAM FC pushed Shamva Mine up the standings to a safer sixth position, giving chairman Tanaka Wonenyika belief that they are on a turnaround path.
“We hope to continue with this trajectory for the remainder of the season,” Wonenyika said.
“As an executive, we are super excited that we have finally brought back Division One football back to Shamva. We also happy for the players, the technical team and the supporters that they marked the home coming in style, displaying some lovely football.”
Shamva Mine made a number of signings, bringing in eleven new players during the mid season transfer window. Stephen Zhogi and Noah Tagata who were on target at the weekend, leads the cast of players that also includes Wilson Chinyani, Tanaka Mwenje, Anfield Nyanhi, Hope Rusere, Successful Sawadye, Tawanda Chikudza, Kudakwashe Whisky, Tapiwa Agostino and Agrippa Kunaka.
Shamva Mine’s next assignment is away to Karoi United on Saturday hoping for another win. Karoi United on the other hand are bubbling with confidence after a 2-1 win against ZRP Harare last weekend.
After playing log leaders Black Mambas in the last two matches, Golden Eagles are involved in another big clash as they face off against fourth placed Herentals U20 at Motor Action Sports Club on Saturday.
Black Mambas have another home comfort as they host Banket United at Morris Sports Club while second placed Harare City have a relatively easier assignment against winless Concession United who anchor the log standings.
Chegutu Pirates are on the road once again for another tough assignment as they have a date against MWOS at Ngoni stadium in Norton. After posting an emphatic 6-0 win over Concession United at the weekend, Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 have a relatively tougher assignment away to PAM FC who are still smarting from the defeat to Shamva Mine last week. Trojan Stars have another away fixture against Commando Bullets at the Barracks just a week after losing to Karoi United at Chikangwe stadium.
OMNIA play Chinhoyi Stats at Muriel Mine stadium while on Sunday Come Again welcomes ZRP Harare at Rimuka stadium.
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