Shabanie Mine have disowned some fans that were wearing the team’s regalia and cheering for FC Platinum’s opponents Clube de Agosto of Angola during a Champions League preliminary round second-leg tie at Mandava Stadium last month.
According to The Chronicle, club spokesperson Weston Wesley said the Chinda Boys would never be so unpatriotic as to rally behind a foreign team in the name of rivalry.
“We as Shabanie Mine FC know that FC Platinum are our neighbours and we support them at all cost, moreover when they play against a team from another country,” said Wesley.
“Those who supported Agosto are not our supporters because they were clad in that Angolan team replica jerseys. Maybe they were fans of another team, not Shabanie Mine. Neutral fans are found everywhere in the world from Stamford Bridge to Camp Nou.”
FC Platinum lost the encounter 1-2 to bow out of the continental club competition 1-5 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Shabanie will be using Mandava Stadium this season following the condemnation of their Maglas Stadium venue by the First Instance Body.
The two teams lock horns in the Zvishavane derby in Week 15 in what promises to be a blood and thunder affair.