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LUKE Masomere has turned down the opportunity of taking over as Buffaloes coach by committing his future to Shabanie Mine until the end of the season.

Masomere’s about turn now means Buffaloes, who are without a coach after Saul Chaminuka’s abrupt switch to CAPS United where he is now an assistant coach, have to focus elsewhere for  a coach.

Masomere had been promised $2,000-a-month with perks by the army team but Shabanie are believed to have bettered that offer to retain him.

Triangle and Chicken Inn were also some of the clubs that are believed to have been eager to employ Masomere.

The former AmaZulu, Hwange, CAPS United, Dynamos and Masvingo United boss was indeed a wanted man and he was engaged in a series of meetings from Friday until Sunday when he finally penned a six-month deal.

Clever Pote of Pote Holdings and Pronet Cellular came to the rescue of the asbestos miners and will pay Masomere’s salary for the next three months and Shabanie will then pay the coach in the last three months.

In the event the team fails to pay, Pote as the guarantor will pick up the bill, according to the deal signed before Masomere’s lawyer.

“I want Shabanie Mine and FC Platinum to remain in the league. I am ready to assist any of the teams if the need arises,” said Pote of the two Zvishavane-based sides.

“Masomere comes from Chivi which is also my rural home and I want to see him doing well in his football career. I want to assure all the Shabanie Mine fans that the coach will be with Shabanie Mine until the end of the season.”

Masomere said after signing his new deal: “Something happened and I am still here until the end of the season. I am no longer going to Buffaloes.

“I am here. I love the club and its fans love me too. I want everyone to do his best to achieve the desired results. I will continue to work hard and my target is to finish in the top eight or do even much better.”

Masomere was banned earlier this season for his role in the Asiagate match fixing scandal, but the ban was lifted after being reduced to a fine, allowing him to resume duties at Shabanie.

“Shabanie started the season badly but we are have a chance to finish strongly,” said Masomere.
But never the one not to mince his words, Masomere was critical of the executive for failing to look after the players.

“I’m not happy at all about the welfare of my players, especially the way they survive. I succeed and I am called a good coach because of their sweat so I need something to be done,” he said.


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