CHAPUNGU are praying that the Zifa appeals committee will uphold the Premier Soccer League (PSL) disciplinary committee’s guilty verdict against Herentals for trying to manipulate a match last season.
Herentals were docked three points in January this year after the PSL ruled that one of their officials Oliver Chirenga had paid US$600 to Black Rhinos team manager Gift Kamuriwo as inducement to throw away the match when the two teams met last October.
The Students went on to win the game 3-0 and the result was pivotal in their survival from relegation.
However, following the PSL verdict, Herentals were docked three points which meant they would go down to Division One, while Chapungu, who had been relegated would bounce back.
Herentals have since appealed to the Zifa appeals committee which is scheduled to meet tomorrow after previous two hearings were aborted for different reasons.
Chapungu vice chairperson Patrick Chikwanda is optimistic that the Zifa appeals committee will make the right decision in favour of his side.
“We believe that the PSL made the right decision and the Zifa appeals committee is also going to make the right decision which makes football the winner at the end of the day,” Chikwanda told the Daily News yesterday.
“We have never doubted the integrity of the justice system in our football hence we are confident of a decision that takes football forward not backwards.”
Chapungu have been preparing for playing top flight football in 2020 and have even hired former Warriors captain Moses Chunga as their new coach. “To this end, we have been preparing well for the 2020 season, which we believe it’s going to be a season for the rebirth of Chapungu. We have engaged a very good coach,” he said.
“We still have the core of the team from last season and have brought in a number of exciting youngsters whom we believe are going to explode this season.”