Beefy still wait­ing for dis­ci­plinary hear­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

SUS­PENDED Bu­l­awayo City coach Phi­lani Ncube is yet to face a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee 64 days af­ter he was sus­pended for al­leged match-fix­ing.

Ncube was sus­pended to­gether with his as­sis­tant Farai Mu­jokoro, goal­keep­ers’ coach Regi­nald Buhali and kit man­ager Gift Mvala on Au­gust 4 fol­low­ing bribery claims by Bor­der Strik­ers that their goal­keeper Tal­ent Sande was of­fered $300 to throw the game.

Buhali’s sus­pen­sion has since been lifted, while Mu­jokoro and Mvala’s cases are still be­fore the Pre­mier Soc­cer League’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

The PSL sum­moned the duo last week for an­other hear­ing, with the ver­dict ex­pected next Tues­day.

Ncube’s name does not ap­pear any­where on the PSL ac­tiv­ity re­port book that was pre­sented to its board of di­rec­tors at their meet­ing last month.

“Ncube was sus­pended with­out pay (from the team) and legally he should have been tried within 14 days or re­in­stated, but up to now noth­ing has been done and it’s all be­cause of one man, the act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (Mcken­zie Moyo) who seems to have some­thing per­sonal against Ncube,” said a source in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity-run club.

When Moyo was con­tacted last night, he first said the PSL was still con­duct­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tions, but changed when told that the league had no case against Ncube. “Look, we have our own rea­sons why he has re­mained sus­pended, and like we’ve said be­fore, we will tell you when it’s over,” said Moyo, who is also the Bu­l­awayo City Council’s deputy direc­tor of hous­ing and com­mu­nity ser­vices. A source said Moyo was be­com­ing a li­a­bil­ity at the club. “I think it was a mis­take to ap­point him act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer be­cause on many oc­ca­sions if the ex­ec­u­tive makes de­ci­sions which he is not com­fort­able with, he then changes jack­ets and says he is now speak­ing from a council ad­min­is­tra­tive point of view; which is what he did when the ex­ec­u­tive had re­solved to re­in­state Ncube,” said a source. City chair­man Jerry Sibanda is a sub­or­di­nate of Moyo at the city council, but is Moyo’s “boss” at club level, a sce­nario which nat­u­rally presents prob­lems. Moyo last night skirted the is­sue when quest i o n e d about the al­le­ga­tions. “I am now go­ing into a council meet­ing, sorry,” Moyo said.

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