Bulawayo City FC has officially been charged by the PSL for breaching the league’s rules and regulations after their technical officials are accused of bribing Border Strikers goal minder Talent Sunday with $300, for him to let them win the league match between the two clubs on Wednesday 3 August by a four goal margin.
According to a leaked text trail between City’s assistant coach Farai Mujokoro and Sunday, the $300 was to be collected by the latter’s sister from one Gift Mvala who is Bulawayo City kit manager.
Mvala walked into a trap before kickoff, when he handed over the money to Border Strikers treasurer Gift Jera who was in the company of a lady who paused as Sunday’s sister. The matter was reported to police before kickoff forcing Mujokoro to disappear from Beitbridge during halftime.
In terms of order 31 of the Castle Lager PSL rules and regulations; It is a misconduct on the part of the Club where Bulawayo City assistant coach, Farai Mujokoro and kit manager, Gift Mvala were also summoned to appear before the Beitbridge magistrate court for trial on August 19 facing bribery charges following a failed match-fixing attempt.
Following the allegations, Bulawayo City suspended four members of their technical team, including head coach Philani Ncube. Ncube, his assistant Farai Mujokoro, goalkeepers’ coach Reginald Buhali and kit manager Gift Mvala were 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.
Border Strikers wrote to the PSL accusing the Bulawayo City Executive of being in connivance with their coaches and want them booted out of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League over match fixing allegations.
In a letter addressed to the PSL Chief Executive Officer Kenny Ndebele, Border Strikers accused the Bulawayo City Executive of being in complicity with their technical team in the alleged match fixing scam.
Border Strikers feel the swift move by the Bulawayo City Executive to suspend the entire Technical Department was just a smokescreen to save face after their plan was exposed.
“We believe the entire Bulawayo City Football Club should be punished for bringing disrepute in the game as this suggests it is their modus operandi. We also believe that their coaches were acting on behalf of the team and Bulawayo City as a whole. We are praying that the powers that be suspend Bulawayo city football club from the league until a proper and thorough investigation has been carried out,” read part of the letter.
Border Strikers argue in the protest letter that the Bulawayo City executive might have provided the money for match fixing as their coaches could not part away with the $300 bait given the financial challenges prevailing in the country.
“With the current economic situation in the country right now, we don’t believe a coach can part with such a huge amount of money for the benefit of an organisation as huge as Bulawayo City Council but the vice versa is true. We therefore suspect that this could have happened to some other players in our team even during our previous game against the same team in Bulawayo,”
“Our match was played under protest because we just agreed as a team to fulfill the fixture and not tarnish the image of the league and sponsors although our players and technical team were demoralized. We also pray that the two games we played against the same team be nullified until an investigation has been carried out.”