MOSES Chunga will continue as Chapungu head coach despite the club having to play their football in the Zifa Central Region Division One League.
Chapungu, who were relegated from the Castle Lager Premiership last year, were hoping to bounce back into the top flight via a technicality.
Waru Waru were hoping Herentals’ appeal before the Zifa Appeals Board for their match-fixing charge would be unsuccessful.
However, the students won their appeal and will be playing in the top flight once the season commences.
Initially, when Chapungu engaged Chunga at the start the year, it was on the premise that they were playing in the top flight but that dream has been shattered.
“We were preparing to play PSL football. Chunga came to coach Chapungu and he will be with us.
“Of course, you can never be happy to be relegated but we are preparing to play football. It’s unfortunate the league could not start due to this global pandemic but otherwise, we are ready to play football,” Chapungu secretary general Mnkululi Dube told the Daily News yesterday.
Herentals were accused of fixing their match against Black Rhinos on October 19, 2019 at the National Sports Stadium, which they won 3-0.
Black Rhinos went to launch internal investigation after suspecting the match had been rigged. Rhinos then found their team manger Gift Kamuriwo guilty for allegedly received US$600 from Herentals’ team manager Oliver Chirenga to manipulate the outcome of the match in favour of the Students.
The PSL’s disciplinary committee found Herentals, Chirenga and Kamuriwo guilty of contravening Order 31.1.3 and 31.2.2 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League rules and regulations, respectively.
However, the Zifa Appeals Board led by Stead Kachere overturned the PSL disciplinary committee’s ruling and acquitted Herentals.