ZVISHAVANE – Premiership returnees Shabani FC popularly known as Chinda Boys are in perfect form ahead of the top flight 2017 season after winning
all their preseason matches which they played under new coach Taku Shariwa.
The Chinda Boys have been winning all their preseason matches and their
confidence has been further boosted by beating Chibuku Cup defending
champions Ngezi Platinum one-nil at Maglas stadium last Sunday.
Last month, Shabani also drew nil-all in regulation time with 2016 PSL runners up FC Platinum who had just returned from a tour of South Africa during the Msipa Shield Cup.
Although the inexperienced Shabani eventually lost 4-2 in penalties, they
really proved that they are no push overs come 2017 season.
The club dismissed teams like former Premiership side Chrome Stars, Kwekwe Sables, moneybags Nichruit among others.
Chinda Boys meets inform Caps United in their first 2017 PSL match who
are enjoying a place in the sun after dismissing five time African champions TP
Mazembe to book a place in the Champions League proper recently.
Shabani coach Shariwa said he is not intimidated by Caps' form as his boys
are known for causing upsets.
"You cannot be a PSL returnee to be clobbered by other teams. We are here to win and we are not concerned about any opponent and their current form,
we will play our style and at the end of the day we achieve a good result," said
Shariwa said the club still has a provisional squad and will soon announce their final thirty players.Meanwhile, club chairperson Elias Marufu has dismissed reports that FC Platinum gave a hand to the club by paying their $9K
"Its falsehood we never received anything from FC Platinum. The club might
have challenges but we raised our own funds and the PSL can confirm that
we have paid up," said Marufu.
FC Platinum public relations and liaison officer Chido Chizondoalso distanced her club from the allegations, "As Platinum we do not interfere in another team's internal affairs, we never gave Shabani a hand to pay their affiliation."
PSL spokesperson Kudzai Bare confirmed that Shabani FC has paid their
affiliation fee and will play in the 2017 season.sport news.