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Zimbabwe giants suspend coach over ‘pay-to-play’ allegations

Zimbabwe giants Dynamos have suspended their head coach Tonderayi Ndiraya over allegations that players are bribing him with US$100 [R1600] to start matches, writes Buhle Ncube. The suspension comes barely a week after Bulawayo giants Highlanders fired their entire technical staff after a string of poor results. 

“We write to advise all stakeholders that our Head Coach Tonderai Ndiraya has been temporarily asked not to report for duty with immediate effect pursuant to a meeting held on the 21st May 2022. The club is not in a position to discuss the details of this development Until the internal due process is finalised,” Dynamos spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said via a statement.

Nigerian forward Alex Oromotol [in blue]

Although the club’s statement did not shed much light on the suspension, reports coming from the Harare giants’ camp are that Ndiraya has lost the dressing room and the ‘pay-to-play’ scheme. 

“Some players have been asked to pay US$100 [R1600] for a first 11 place, so their agent pays for game time to market the player. This is one of the reasons for his suspension pending investigations,” said a Dynamos fan.

The selection of Nigerian forward Alex Oromotol has set tongues wagging among a section of fans who feel he shouldn’t be anywhere near the starting line-up. Oromotol has featured in almost all the games for Dembare since he arrived at the club. He has a single goal to his name, which he scored against Whawha, that saw Dynamos collecting maximum points in the last minute of the game via the tallest man in Zim PSL.

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