The carnival atmosphere continued in Zvishavane Sunday after Shabanie Mine beat neighbours FC Platinum to lift the coveted Banc ABC Sup8r Trophy on Saturday.
While Shabanie Mine are celebrating their victory, neighbours FC Platinum are crying over spilt milk after they failed to win the $120,000 on offer for the winners in the Banc ABC Super tournament.
Certainly there were tears of joy and pain in the small town as the unexpected happened, in particular having two smaller teams fighting it off for the Banc ABC Sup8r trophy.
The match attracted a capacity crowd including national team coach Ian Gorowa and after the game the face of FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was wrinkled and mournful in defeat as he cried over a missed glorious opportunity.
Mutasa expressed his disappointment in losing the $120,000 prize money on offer.
While Mutasa is in mourning, Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere and captain Tafadwa Momeshora are on cloud nine.
Mombershora, who scored the winning penalty, dedicates the trophy to his team’s fans.
Mutasa offers himself some comfort saying at least the trophy has left Harare and is now safely tucked away in Zvishavane.
Shabanie Mine Football Club beat FC Platinum 5-3 in penalty shootouts in the cup final. This was the first time for a big cup final to be played in the town of Zvishavane.
Both FC Platinum and Shabanie Mine hail from the same town of Zvishavane.
Last year, the Banc ABC Sup8r tournament was not held due to the sponsors’ other commitments.