Saturday, July 2, 2022

Embattled Gunners coach could face suspension

Extension Gunners are contemplating placing embattled head coach Maxwell ‘Malume’ Moyo on suspension following allegations of match-fixing.

It is alleged that the Zimbabwean gaffer gave away their games against Great North Tigers (GNT) and Mogoditshane Fighters, something that has not gone down well with the team’s supporters.

The allegations have been fuelled by the fact that Moyo is reported to be on the wanted list of Notwane after his negotiations with TAFIC fell through.

Sunday Standard is reliably informed that the club’s management was supposed to give the gaffer his suspension letter on Friday evening.┬á It is expected that assistant coach Nelson Olebile will lead the team against Notwane this afternoon.┬á

When contacted for comment on Friday, Gunners vice-chairman, Keorapetse Kgasa, confirmed that some of the supporters have approached his committee. He said that initially they did not take the allegations seriously but now they have risen to serious level which tempts them to do internal investigations.

“We have not acted on the allegations but we’re definitely doing something on it. I can assure our general membership that we’re not going to undermine their concerns,” he said.

Kgasa did not want to be drawn into disclosing whether Moyo will sit on the bench. It is alleged that the supporters believe that when Moyo was away recently attending a family bereavement, the team played well under the leadership of Olebile and went on to win games against Miscellaneous and Nico United.

“Against Nico United, he only joined the team on Thursday with Nelson (Olebile) having done the spadework. His (Moyo’s) heart is no longer with Gunners so its better they release him,” said an inside source.

The source further revealed that the management’s decision to suspend Moyo for their game against Notwane is to protect him from the supporters in case the team goes on to lose. Moyo joined Gunners in April from ECCO City Greens and helped in guiding the fallen Lobatse giants to Coca-Cola Cup triumph. Despite that success, some supporters have always had their doubts about the burly Zimbabwean tactician. Two months ago when stars Kgololo Leteane and Hendrick Moyo missed their game against ECCO City Greens in Francistown, some supporters blamed the head coach for not instilling discipline in his team.

“Moyo is too soft to take charge of the team. We need a coach who’ll have control of his dressing room,” added a source.
This is not the first time Gunners have suspended a member of the technical team. In September, Olebile was suspended by the management after it was alleged that he was sabotaging Moyo. Gunners is said to have done internal investigations but nothing concrete was found and Olebile was reinstated.  

Meanwhile, Sunday Standard has it on good authority that Gunners are already looking for someone to replace Moyo. Clever Hunda and Mike Sithole are some of the names which have already been discussed inside the Peleng giants’ camp. Gunners’ officials could not be drawn into discussing whether they have already opened discussions with some of the coaches.

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