Byo City sus­pend tech­ni­cal team

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

BU­L­AWAYO City FC have sus­pended four mem­bers of their tech­ni­cal team, in­clud­ing head coach Phi­lani Ncube over match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions.

Ncube, his as­sis­tant Farai Mu­jokoro, goal­keep­ers’ coach Regi­nald Buhali and kit man­ager Gift Mvala have been frozen out of the club pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions and an in­terim tech­ni­cal team has been ap­pointed in their place.

Act­ing City chief ex­ec­u­tive officer MacKenzie Moyo said the mu­nic­i­pal side re­solved to sus­pend the quar­tet fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that they sought to fix the out­come of their league match against debu­tants Bor­der Strik­ers.

City beat Strik­ers 1-0 at Dulivhadz­imu in Beit­bridge on Wed­nes­day cour­tesy of a sixth minute Manuel Mandi­ranga goal.

Dis­tanc­ing City from match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions, Moyo said: “The club strongly and un­re­servedly con­demns such ac­tion by the per­pe­tra­tor and those linked to him. The club will al­low due process to take place and will as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tions to be con­ducted to fi­nal­ity. The club will carry its own in­ves­ti­ga­tions to de­ter­mine these al­le­ga­tions and take the nec­es­sary steps. The club has with im­me­di­ate ef­fect sus­pended the tech­ni­cal team for the du­ra­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions and res­o­lu­tion of the mat­ter.”

Al­though of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion could not be ob­tained from City, sources said vet­eran gaffer Barry Daka and Try Ncube, who was the sec­ond as­sis­tant coach, have been as­signed to take charge of the team in the in­terim.

The sources also re­vealed that Mvala and Mu­jokoro were in Beit­bridge yes­ter­day as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Mvala re­mained in po­lice cus­tody af­ter the game, while Mu­jokoro was called yes­ter­day morn­ing to as­sist po­lice. He left Bu­l­awayo for Beit­bridge around mid­morn­ing,” said a source.

Mu­jokoro is be­ing ac­cused of brib­ing Strik­ers’ goal­keeper Talent Sande with $300 to let them win the game by five goals.

Ac­cord­ing to What­sApp mes­sages allegedly be­tween Mu­jokoro and Sande, the money was sup­posed to be col­lected by Sande’s sis­ter from City kit man­ager Mvala.

How­ever, Mvala walked into a trap be­fore kick-off when he allegedly handed the money to Strik­ers’ trea­surer Gift Jera, who was in the com­pany of a woman pos­ing as Sande’s sis­ter.

The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice be­fore kick­off, forc­ing Mu­jokoro to dis­ap­pear from the sta­dium at half­time. — @ZililoR

Farai Mu­jokoro

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