Mangwiro, Masomere reinstated

HARARE - Taurai Mangwiro and Luke Masomere have been reinstated as CAPS United and Shabanie Mine head coaches respectively after being cleared by the Zifa Appeals Committee on Monday.

The two coaches, who had been handed different bans for their involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal, appealed successfully before the committee, set up by the local football governing body following the completion of a drawn-out probe into Zimbabwe’s widely publicised fixing scam.

Mangwiro was slapped with a 10-year ban while Masomere was banned for two years.

The committee, chaired by Harare laywer Silas Chekera, initially proposed a five-year cut on Mangwiro’s ban before entirely suspending the sentence. Masomere’s two-year ban was wholly suspended.

Masomere quickly got down to business  yesterday morning with the Castle Premiership strugglers, taking players through their paces in preparation for the bottom side’s epic derby against log leaders FC Platinum at Maglas Stadium on Sunday

“I am in the stadium conducting the morning session as I speak to you right now,” Masomere told the Daily News yesterday.

“I haven’t yet finalised issues with the executive but the most important thing at the moment is not about money or anything else but to make sure that we lift the team from the basement.

“I want to repay the faith that the people of Shabanie had for me during the trying times, so waiting for finalisation of issues with the executive when the team is struggling will be very selfish on my
part.

“I want to make sure that the team regains its winning formula and I would want to thank the two coaches (Arnold Jani and Philip Sithole) who have laid the foundation this year.  To the supporters I want to call for patience because together, I believe we will take this team from the relegation zone.”

Meanwhile, CAPS United chief executive Joel Makuvire yesterday welcomed back Mangwiro at the club.

“We need him (Mangwiro) in the side to build a team that can compete with other clubs in the Premiership, we don’t have to be too ambitious about winning the championship this year,” Makuvire told the Daily News.

“We want to make sure that our academy is functional so that we don’t spend much money on the market and I believe Brenna Msiska should also be acknowledged by the head coach for managing to assemble a decent side that has taken us to where we are at the moment.”

Makepekepe have won two of their opening four matches, losing the other two. - Sports Writer

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