PSL sum­mon Bu­l­awayo City

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

THE Pre­mier Soc­cer League has sum­moned Bu­l­awayo City FC and two mem­bers of their tech­ni­cal team Farai Mu­jokoro and Gift Mvala for a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing in Harare next month to an­swer to bribery and match-fix­ing charges.

The charges arose from al­le­ga­tions by Bor­der Strik­ers that City wanted to bribe their goal­keeper to win by more than three goals in a league match the Bu­l­awayo side won 1-0 in Beit­bridge.

Strik­ers are ques­tion­ing why City rushed to sus­pend four mem­bers of their tech­ni­cal team, head coach Phi­lani Ncube, his as­sis­tant Mu­jokoro, goal­keep­ers’ coach Regi­nald Buhali and kit man­ager Mvala over match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions be­fore they had com­plained.

Ncube and Buhali, who were cleared of crim­i­nal charges by the po­lice, were not sum­moned by the PSL.

“We’re sur­prised that even be­fore we com­plained for­mally Bu­l­awayo City is re­ported to have sus­pended its of­fi­cials.

“We believe the en­tire Bu­l­awayo City team should be pun­ished for bring­ing dis­re­pute into the game as this sug­gests it is their modus operandi as we also believe that their coaches were act­ing on be­half of the team and Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil as a whole,” reads part of Strik­ers’ re­port sent to the PSL.

“With the cur­rent eco­nomic situation in the coun­try, we don’t believe a coach can part ways with such a big amount of money for the ben­e­fit of an or­gan­i­sa­tion as huge as Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil, but vicev­ersa it’s true.”

Mu­jokoro is be­ing ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to bribe Strik­ers’ goal­keeper Tal­ent Sande with $200 to let them win the game by more than three goals.

Sande al­leged that he in­formed Strik­ers’ ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber God­frey Jera about Mu­jokoro’s pro­posal and they agreed to trap the City as­sis­tant coach.

The Strik­ers player said he then de­manded $400 and Mu­jokoro agreed to give him $300 be­fore the game, $200 after the match and an ex­tra $100 as a “to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion”.

In an af­fi­davit he sub­mit­ted to the PSL, Sande said the money was given to Rumbidzai Mun­yai, who was in the com­pany of Jera.

Strik­ers claim Mun­yai is wife to one of their of­fi­cials and Mvala gave her the money think­ing that she was Sande’s sis­ter.

Mvala was ar­rested after the match at Dulivhadz­imu while Mu­jokoro re­port­edly dodged po­lice.

City, Mu­jokoro and Mvala are fac­ing charges of breach­ing the PSL rules and reg­u­la­tions in terms of Or­der 31, which reads: “It is an act of mis­con­duct on the part of an of­fi­cial of a club who; 31.2.2 For any cor­rupt, dis­hon­est or un­law­ful pur­pose in con­nec­tion with a game played un­der the aus­pices of the league, or in con­nect i on with the af­fairs of the league, gives, of­fers or prom­ises, whether di­rectly or in­di­rectly, any in­duce­ment, re­ward or bribe of what­so­ever na­ture, to any­body whom­so­ever.” - @ZililoR

Farai Mu­jokoro Regi­nald Buhali and Gift Mvala

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