Bulawayo City Football Club
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Bulawayo City Football Club is a Zimbabwean club based in Bulawayo. It plays in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. The club is owned by Bulawayo City Council. In August 2016 its technical staff was implicated in a match fixing scandal resulting in their suspension by the club.
Bulawayo City Football Club was formed in 2006. The club was bought by Bulawayo City Council while it was still playing in the Zifa Bulawayo Division Two League as BCC Golden Stars. The football club had started as a social club for security guards based at Luveve Parade Base.
The club was promoted to the Zifa Southern Region Division One Soccer League in 2015.Bulawayo City won the Southern Region Division One League title in 2015 which saw them being promoted into the Premier Soccer League.
Match Fixing Allegations
Bulawayo City were accused of attempting to match fix the game played in Beitbridge on Wednesday 3 August 2016 against Border Strikers. An attempt to offer Border Strikers goalkeeper Talent Sande $300 to throw the game in favour of Bulawayo City was unearthed. Sande is understood to have received communication via a text message indicating how the transaction would take place and immediately notified his superiors. Sande’s sister who is based in Beitbridge was to receive the money on his behalf and met a Bulawayo City FC technical team member who had been tasked to complete the transaction. Border Strikers officials including Border Strikers treasurer Godfrey Jera then set a trap and met Bulawayo City Gift Mvala who had been sent to deliver the money to Sande’s sister. Bulawayo assistant coach Farai Mujokora was alleged to have sent Mvala to deliver the money. Border Strikers officials notified the police and some members in the Bulawayo City technical team were questioned by the Police after the game.
Bulawayo City head coach Philani “Beefy”Ncube and his assistant Farai Mujokoro were suspended by the club in the wake of match fixing allegations. Kit manager Gift Mvala was also been suspended. A statement from Bulawayo City said that the club would be carrying out investigations and would then decide on the fate of Ncube and his technical team. Mandla Mpofu was being considered a possible replacement should Ncube be sacked over the incident.
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