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CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League reigning champ i ons BULAWAYO City FC and Border Strikers yesterday submitted to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League reports on match-fixing allegations levelled against the former’s technical team.
City suspended four members of their technical team, including head coach Philani Ncube over match-fixing allegations last week following leaked WhatsApp messages that the local authority bankrolled club’s coaches wanted to “buy” results for their game against Strikers which they won 1-0 last week. Chicken Inn are rallying behind their coach Rahman Gumbo (pictured) despite the gaffer failing to meet his target. According to sources at the club, Gumbo was given a target of 20 points from 10 games but he amassed 15. Following last Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Chapungu, Chicken Inn’s executive members — chairman Lifa Ncube, treasurer Mlungisi Moyo and vice-chairman Juta Tshuma — held a “crisis meeting” at their head office in Bulawayo. The meeting didn’t last long as Gumbo was in a hurry to attend some business in Botswana. Ncube said there was nothing amiss with the meeting they held, adding that they still have faith in Gumbo. “There is no grain of truth in rumours circulating that we’ve given the coach an ultimatum. He is still settling and it takes long for players to understand his philosophy. We’re hopeful that he will be able to get the desired results soon. Actually, Gumbo has earned our vote of confidence,” said Ncube. Chicken Inn are on position 10 with 23 points and on Sunday take on third placed Highlanders who are hard-pressed for a victory following three consecutive defeats. A loss for Gumbo against Highlanders is likely to pile pressure on the veteran gaffer and could lead to an early exit at the home of champions. Gumbo had an opportunity to replace Edmore Chirambadare and Mitchelle Katsvairo who joined Kaizer Chiefs in June as well as skipper Danny Phiri who moved to Golden Arrows during the midseason transfer window. His additions Ozias Zibande and Darryl Nyandoro seem to be taking long to settle while Chris Samakweri has been a regular feature. Gumbo will need a host of Chicken Inn’s experienced players to come to party and save his job by defeating Highlanders who they beat 2-0 in the first leg. Players like Clemence Matawu, Obidiah Tarumbwa, Moses Jackson, Passmore Bernard, Pride Tafirenyika and goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze are expected to drive the Gamecocks against Bosso. They also have youngsters like Divine Lunga and Tafadzwa Kutinyu who they can bank on. —@ZililoR 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 made up of Try Ncube and Barry Daka is in charge of the squad. The suspended City quartet had their reports submitted to the PSL, with the club hopeful that coach Philani and the goalkeepers’ trainer Buhali who are not facing criminal charges will be allowed back into the team. “We’re assisting the league with investigations and we submitted the reports of the four members of the technical team to the PSL today (yesterday). Also attached to the reports are letters from the police stating that no criminal charges have been laid for coach Philani Ncube and goalkeepers’ coach Reginald Buhali. We’re also conducting our own investigations and at the moment since these two (Philani and Buhali) have been cleared by the police, we’re consulting if it’s possible for them to resume duty while the other two have their case scheduled for August 19 at the Beitbridge courts,” said Bulawayo City chairman, Jerry Sibanda.
Mujokoro is being accused of attempting to bribe 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 kick-off, forcing Mujokoro to disappear from the stadium at halftime.
PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele said investigations are underway and City’s four coaches are likely to appear before a disciplinary hearing.
“We’re conducting our own investigations and as it is the league is possession of a complaint from Border Strikers in the form of a report and an affidavit from their player (Sande). Those are damning allegations which were levelled and once we’re done with our investigations we will communicate with all parties involved,” said Ndebele. — @ZililoR