Friday, September 21, 2012

Masomere praises King KK

LUKE Masomere has praised Zambian coaches for taking local soccer to a higher level.

"Keagan Mumba, Tennant Chilumba and Kevin Kaindu have taken our soccer to a higher level.

"People had shunned Hwange Stadium and Barbourfields but fans are now coming to the stadia in their numbers because of the Zambian flavour," said Masomere.

He spoke highly of Kaindu whom he said does not attack referees. His team  has been victim of poor refereeing for most of the season.

"I have never heard Kaindu blasting the referees but he respects the outcome of the match.

"He is a true professional and no other Zimbabwean coach has taken Highlanders to 21 unbeaten games except for our good friend Kaindu who is from neighbouring Zambia.

"Chilumba also introduced good football in Hwange and they have added value to local football and the same is true of Mumba when he was with Dynamos," he said.

Masomere also took time to heap praise on match officials.

"Referees have been very fair this season and I am very happy about their performance. They can however make mistakes here and there because to err is human and as professional coaches when they make mistakes we must not crucify them," he said.

Masomere was speaking ahead of his clash on Sunday against Bosso who are still to lose a match. The praises on Kaindu and referees could just be part of the mind games.

The asbestos miners have never beaten Highlanders at Emagumeni since their promotion in 2001.

"History does not play a part in football. Shabanie has never beaten Highlanders in Bulawayo but Masomere has done it. I want to remind Kaindu that Vahombe will be in town on Sunday and he must be prepared for a battle.

I praised them when they beat us 2 -0 at Maglas because they were fired up," he said.

Masomere also took a swipe at some local coaches describing them as musicians.

"Some coaches are like musicians they shout 'ref, infringement, throw-in, raise your flag, put it down'. They spend the entire 90 minutes singing.

Supersport is here and the whole world is now watching us.

We do our work during the week and during match day we must leave the officials to do their work," said the Shabanie Mine gaffer.

He took a swipe at teams that want to buy success.

Highlanders coach Kaindu has also praised the referees.

"The officials are doing good work. They take charge of our matches and we must support them all the time so that they continue to improve," said Kaindu.

Masomere's   team is fired up to play Highlanders on Sunday and besides missing the services of Pervington Zimunya who lost his elder brother last Sunday, the team is geared up.

"I respect Highlanders as they are our brothers. When we played at Maglas the atmosphere was friendly and I expect the same on Sunday. Bosso are unbeaten and Shabanie are playing very well so fans must expect a thriller," said Masomere.

He tipped Caleb Masocha to give Highlanders all sorts of problems.

Nelson Maziwisa will carry the flag high for the asbestos miners and is expected to get enough support from former Bosso son Tarisai Rukanda who was discarded by the Egyptian Mohammed Fathi.

Highlanders are racing against time hoping that their reliable defenders Eric Mudzingwa and Bruce Kangwa who have had a terrific season recover in time for the tricky weekend encounter.

Meanwhile, Chicken Inn's gaffer Adam Ndlovu is hoping for an improved performance from his charges who had a disappointing game last weekend when they lost 3-2 to Gunners.

Chicken Inn takes on Black Mambas at Morris Depot tomorrow.

"We were not at our best against Gunners and I think complacency contributed to the loss. I believe we are still within our target of ending the season in a respectable position and we just have to do our best and get positive results," said Ndlovu, the former Warriors striker.

Chicken Inn will miss the services of Herbert Dick and anchorman Sydney Linyama due to suspensions.
Dick has been struggling with his form and his unavailability might be a blessing in disguise for Guide Goddard who has been overlooked at the expense of veteran Dick.

Former FC Platinum player Ntokozo Tshuma who has been a bench warmer might also get a starting place in the absence of Linyama.

It's the clash of the bottom teams when Bulawayo's struggling Quelaton take on fellow relegation threatened Blue Rangers on Sunday in Harare.

Fixtures
Saturday: Black Mambas v Chicken Inn (Morris Depot), Monomotapa v Hwange (Rufaro), FC Platinum v Caps United (Mandava)
Sunday: Hardbody v Gunners (Ascot), Highlanders v Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields), Dynamos v Motor Action (Rufaro), Blue Rangers v Quelaton (Gwanzura), Buffaloes v Harare City (Sakubva)
By Sbue
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