ZVISHAVANE – Newly appointed Shabani Mine FC coach Taku Shariwa has fired several players who are credited with the team's promotion from Division 1 into the Premier League and this has caused deep divisions in the camp.
He described them as illegible for competitive soccer.
The new development did not go well with Shabani FC fans who caused a stir at Maglas stadium last weekend demanding Shariwa to either reverse his decision or pack his bags.
The same scenario happened in FC Platinum camp in 2011 upon its promotion into the top flight league with then coach Benjamin Moyo who fired two-thirds of the old players causing bad blood between the club and a section of the community.
In his defense Shariwa said as the head coach he has powers to select a team that is competitive and if anyone does not meet his expectations he chops.
"Football is about results and as a coach need to bring good talent in order to create a good team. If those that came for trials are better than the old players why not take them on board. One must prove himself," he said.
Club Chairman Elias Marufu said the club intends to keep their old players as a token of appreciation for their work in bringing the team to top flight soccer.
"The club will keep the bulk of its old players and that is what we agreed upon as both supporters and team executives last year. We may have a few new players to beef up the team but we want to appreciate those that helped the team to qualify for premiership by giving them the chance to play," he said.
Marufu said the club will work with Shariwa to find a lasting solution between the two parties and iron out their differences. He said trials are still underway and no player will be shown the door until the final 30 men squad is agreed upon.
"The club works in unison so we have to reach a consensus as a team not as individuals," he said.