Byo Chiefs out, Bantu Rovers in
Bantu suspend technical team, players
SOUTHERN Region Division One Soccer League’s runners-up Bulawayo Chiefs have withdrawn from the inaugural Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight tournament, saying they want to give their players a rest.
e eight team tournament, named after the late iconic Father Zimbabwe Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo and being bankrolled by Trukump Mining Enterprises to the tune of $10 000, will run from December 3-10.
Zifa Southern region chairman Musa Mandaza confirmed Chiefs’ withdrawl and said they have since invited champions Bantu Rovers to take up the slot.
Rovers had been excluded from the tournament to afford them ample time to prepare for the JUST a week after being crowned champions of the Southern Region Division One Soccer League, Bantu Rovers have sent coach Johannes Ngodzo on forced leave.
The club has also suspended three senior players and a member of the technical team.
The senior players, Zephaniah Ngodzo, Lindelani Ncube and Lenience Mpofu are said to have been plotting to influence their teammates to go for an industrial action over outstanding sing-on fees.
Team manager Wonder Mpofu is suspected to have
Premiership promotional playoffs and will now face ZRP Bulawayo Province in the quarter-finals. “Bulawayo Chiefs will not be taking part in the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight tournament because they want to rest their players. “We have invited Bantu Rovers to take over Bulawayo Chiefs’ place,” Mandaza said. The quarter-finals which will be played on December 3 will see ZPC Hwange locking been present when the players conspired to strike while Johannes stands accused of being absent without leave (AWOL) from work.
Rovers’ general manager Wilbert Sibanda confirmed that the quartet of Wonder, Zephaniah, Ncube and Lenience has been suspended pending investigations while Johannes has been asked to present a report about his absence.
“We’ve instituted investigations on the senior players you are asking about (Zephaniah, Ncube and Lenience) as well as the manager Wonder after getting some disturbing information that they intended to disrupt the team’s preparations this week. As a club we’ve got proper communication channels which
horns with Talen Vision while Zimbabwe National Army side Indlovu Iyanyathela will battle it out against Hwange’s Technosphere.
The last quarter-final clash will see Black Boots facing Victoria Falls based Amagagasi.
All the matches will be played at Bulawayo’s White City and Luveve stadiums.
Winners of the tournament will walk away with $2 400 with the runners-up pocketing $1 500. everyone is aware of and we don’t condone any behaviour or plots that seek to bring the name of the institution into disrepute.
“Just like any other football club we do have challenges but we try by all means to make sure that our players have their dues paid on time. We value our players’ input that is why we go beyond our means to make sure that they’re paid on time their bonuses and salaries,” said Sibanda.
About Johannes, Sibanda said: “The coach went AWOL last week and we’ve asked him to write a report. In the meantime Chipo Tsodzo is in charge of the team that is preparing for the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Top Eight tournament.”
Losing semi-finalists will each get $700 with teams going out in the quarter-finals each pocketing $300.
Part of the sponsorship package will cater for individual prizes, match officials’ fees, police, ground rentals and transportation of teams.
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