Zvishavane – Shabanie Mine FC coach Alexio Sigion said the relegation of Chinda Boys from the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer league to the lower division is bad for football lovers in the mining town who used to enjoy the Zvishavane derby against chief rivals FC Platinum.
Affectionately known as Bvaru Bvaru, the team struggled this season as a result of financial challenges becoming the first team to be relegated this season after they lost one nil to Harare City on Sunday in a match they needed a win to keep their premier soccer league hopes alive.
A second half goal from Harare City substitute Tatenda Tumba was enough to seal the fate of Shabanie FC.
Youthful Bvaru Bvaru coach, Alexio Sigion said football in Zvishavane is bad without Chinda Boys.
“We were relegated on Sunday and we are very sad. Not only Chinda Boys fans are sad but all football lovers in this town are not happy because there won’t be the much loved Zvishavane derby,” Sigion said.
He added that despite being relegated they will come fully geared against FC Platinum in their last encounter this season.
“We know we are out and we are ethical. We don’t want to lose against FC Platinum simply because we have been relegated but we will come fully equipped for our fans. It will be a derby and derbies are always heated,” he said.
Despite the team playing in the lower division next season, Sigion said that the love he gets from the fans humbles him.
“Shabanie FC fans are special. They understood the hardships we have went through and they keep on cheering us. They are so patriotic and they love this team very much. They also made it clear that they will go with us to the lower division and keep cheering us till we are back,” he said.