Ray Bande Senior Sports Reporter
MAVERICK coach Luke Masomere – whose Manica Diamond FC has opened a four points lead at the summit of the Eastern Region Division One League – has declared that the team will have to win the 2018 championship at all costs.
The self styled “Doctor of football” reckons that it will not be a stroll in the park given that second placed Tenax, Green Fuel and Buffaloes still have a big say in the race for the coveted Premiership promotion.
Correctional Services side Tenax are trailing the log leaders after amassing 22 points while Green Fuel have the same number of points from the 10 rounds of league matches played so far in the league.
Mutare army outfit Buffaloes, seasoned campaigners in the Eastern Region Division One League having won Premiership promotion via the same ticket on three occasions, have 19 points from the same number of matches played.
The plot is getting thicker in the league with each passing weekend and the top of the table clash pitting Manica Diamond and Green Fuel at Chishamiso Stadium in Chiredzi this weekend will be a true test of character for both teams.
With Masomere sweating over a number of injuries in his team, snatching maximum points away from home will certainly be a mammoth task for the Gem Boys.
Defender William “Munhu” Mapfumo, midfielder Hibron “Adala” Makukutu, strike Benjamin Marere, Stephen “Dealer” Sibanda, Philip Makanje, Tonderai Dunga and Thembani Masuku are all part of the list of injured players that Masomere will have to make do without unless if some pass late fitness tests.
“It is not going to be an easy match at all. They (Green Fuel) are in the race for the title and we are also going for the same. It is even going to be more complicated for us given that we will be playing away from home and we have quite a number of players that are injured in our squad.
“However, we will certainly fulfil that fixture and we will have to find replacements for whoever is injured. I have no doubt that we will get the result that we want even though we have challenges that relate to the injured players.
“Our aim at the end of the day is that we win the championship and we have to achieve that at all costs. That is one thing that I can promise our fans, we will win the title, come rain, come sunshine,” said Masomere.
Tenax will travel to the country’s oldest city for a date against Masvingo United on Saturday (tomorrow) at Mucheke Stadium while Buffaloes face Melfort away from home.