PSL Round-up with Brenna Matendere

Shabanie Mine coach, Luke Masomere, says he is under pressure. The Chinda Boys are tied on 11 points with Chicken Inn at the apex of the PSL log, but the nomadic coach said recently that this was more a source of sleepless nights than relaxed ones.

Luke Masomere
Luke Masomere

“Each team which we play now extremely prepares for the game because we are on top of the log and that has put too much pressure on us,” said Masomere after leading his side to a 1-0 win over Hardbody Sunday.

“Even newcomers to the PSL have proven to be a thorn in our flesh because in their pre-match analysis, they regard us highly.”

Shabanie is enjoying a purple patch that is inspired by former Lancashire Steel utility player, Caleb Masocha, while FC Platinum reject, Nelson Mazivisa, has also become their priceless asset.

Meanwhile, Hwange are likely to lose their mentor and reigning coach of the year, Tenant Chilumba, linked with a junior national team coach’s position in his homeland.

Chilumba joined the coal miners in January 2010 and was voted PSL coach of the year the following season, after he had steered the coalminers to a top four finish.

The Zimbabwean recently learnt that the Football Association of Zambia has resolved to offer him a job with the Zambian national Under-23 team. He would replace Luck Msiska, who failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

“If my country feels I am the right person to take on the job, I will be glad to comply because that will be national duty,” said Chilumba, who denied communication between him and the FAZ.

Week 5 PSL results

Chicken Inn 1-1 FC Platinum, Shabanie 1-0 Hardbody, Motor Action 3- 2 Blue Rangers, Gunners 2-0 Caps United, Mambas 1-1 Monomotapa, Hwange 1- 0 Buffaloes

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