Zifa Central Soccer League takes a break this weekend to pave way for log leaders Hardbody’s high-profile match-fixing disciplinary hearing tomorrow.
But taking center stage is the disciplinary hearing whose outcome is likely to decide who will claim the sole Premiership berth.
Tensions are already flaring ahead of Hardbody’s trial as the region’s chairman Patrick Hokonya allegedly received spine-chilling death threats from touts suspected to be from the busmen’s camp.
Hokonya also claims the same threats were also directed to Brian Chishanga who heads the investigating team of the Hardbody match fixing case.
Hardbody and Tripple B have for long taken their promotion bid from the pitch to the boardroom, with the latter raising a complaint against their bitter rivals whom they allege to have used a fraudulently registered player this season.
Tripple B who wrote to Hokonya claiming Hardbody registered Tatenda Chingara without a reverse international clearance from Namibia where he previously played.
“Be advised that Tatenda Chingara was in 2007 given an international clearance from Zimbabwe to go and play for Blue Waters Football Club in Namibia. In mid 2008 he was signed by SKW (Sport Klub Windhoek) and played until late 2009 hence he picked a career threatening injury and was in plaster and decided to return home without a reverse clearance,” wrote Tripple B president Edward Kanyangu.
“In 2011, he was signed by Hardbody Football Club and registered him with your office without adequate documentation and has featured in almost 15 games for them including the recent game against FC Glow when he came in as a second half substitute.
See attached an extract from the SKW website showing that he was a new signing in 2009 from Blue Waters Football Club. We would kindly ask your good office to look into this matter urgently.”
The documents used to register Chingara are said to have blatant anomalies with fake signatures and the issue has sucked in the now defunct Big Valley Maters, a club Chingara turned out for last season.
Summons that Hardbody were served with on Tuesday alleged the club to have “wrongfully and unlawfully in line with section 4.9.2 of the Zifa Regulations on the Status and Transfer of the Players allowed their secretary (Raymond Mugandani) to register Tatenda Chingara without a reverse clearance.”
The disciplinary committee sitting for this case is chaired by Gweru lawyer Reginald Chidawanyika.