Match­fix­ing hear­ing for Beefy & Co

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

SUS­PENDED Bu­l­awayo City tech­ni­cal mem­bers will on Mon­day ap­pear be­fore the club’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee fac­ing charges of match-fix­ing.

A fort­night ago, City sus­pended four mem­bers of their tech­ni­cal team, in­clud­ing head coach Phi­lani Ncube, over match­fix­ing al­le­ga­tions fol­low­ing leaked What­sApp mes­sages sug­gest­ing that the mu­nic­i­pal team’s coaches wanted to “buy” re­sults for their game against Border Strik­ers, which they won 1-0 in Beit­bridge.

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.

Act­ing City chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer MacKen­zie Moyo con­firmed that the quar­tet has been sum­moned to ap­pear be­fore their dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

Coach Ncube and the goal­keep­ers’ trainer Buhali have been cleared of bribery al­le­ga­tions, while Mu­jokoro and Mvala ap­peared in the Beit­bridge courts yes­ter­day.

“Bu­l­awayo City doesn’t take lightly the is­sues of match-fix­ing that were lev­elled against some mem­bers of the tech­ni­cal team and as such, they’re go­ing to ap­pear be­fore our dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee next week. Po­lice cleared coach (Phi­lani) and Buhali, but still they wait for PSL to con­clude the match­fix­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions. It is only af­ter the PSL has con­cluded their process and af­ter the DC’s find­ings that we will know the fate of the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved,” said Moyo.

The dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee is made up of the club’s vice-chair­man Zenzo Moyo, sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ho­race Ndu­biwa and three com­mit­tee mem­bers Prince But­she-Dube, Rod­ney Jele and Phineas Ndlovu.

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.

PSL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kennedy Nde­bele said in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way.

“The par­ties in­volved sub­mit­ted re­ports last week which the rel­e­vant board has been study­ing as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tions. I think if you can check with us to­mor­row I’ll be able to tell you what di­rec­tion the mat­ter is tak­ing,” said Nde­bele. — @ZililoR

Phi­lani Ncube

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