Sibanda, Ncube barred over match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

ZIFA has brewed an­other shocker by sus­pend­ing Bu­l­awayo City FC chair­man Jerry Sibanda and head coach Phi­lani Ncube over match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions. Sibanda and Ncube stand ac­cused of try­ing to ma­nip­u­late the out­come of a league match against Border Strik­ers in Au­gust. The duo brings to four the num­ber of of­fi­cials from Bu­l­awayo that have been ban­ished from lo­cal foot­ball by Philip Chiyangwa’s Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of Pre­mier Soc­cer League boss and High­landers chair­man Peter Dube as well as Bosso chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede on Mon­day.

In a state­ment last night, Zifa said Sibanda and Ncube are im­me­di­ately barred from par­tic­i­pat­ing in as­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties in Zim­babwe.

“Both Sibanda and Ncube, who are the chair­per­son and head coach of Bu­l­awayo City re­spec­tively, were com­plicit in the at­tempt to ma­nip­u­late the out­come of a Pre­mier Soc­cer League match be­tween Border Strik­ers and Bu­l­awayo City at Dulivhadz­imu Sta­dium on 3 Au­gust 2016.

“The Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee con­vened on the 13th of Novem­ber and re­solved to im­me­di­ately bar Sibanda and Ncube from hold­ing po­si­tions in as­so­ci­a­tion foot­ball or as­so­ci­at­ing with Zifa and any of its mem­bers.

In terms of Ar­ti­cle 34 (n) of the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion, the “ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee may dis­miss a per­son or body or sus­pend a mem­ber of Zifa pro­vi­sion­ally un­til the next congress”.

The Zifa ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee agreed that Sibanda and Ncube had shown ab­so­lute dis­dain and dis­re­gard for the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion by their un­sports­man­like con­duct which in­tran­si­gently vi­o­lates Ar­ti­cle 2 (e) and Ar­ti­cle 7 of the Zifa con­sti­tu­tion.

“Dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings for the sus­pended of­fi­cials will be in­sti­tuted in due course,” reads the state­ment re­leased by the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Phi­lani Ncube Jerry Sibanda

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