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Coach's Standing Uncertain In Zimbabwe Match-Fixing Scandal


The match-fixing scandal engulfing Zimbabwe's Premier Soccer League and the Bulawayo-based Shooting Stars could cost the soccer team its coach, Gishon Ntini, who on Friday said press reports that he has resigned are inaccurate.

Ntini told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he will decide next week whether to stay at Shooting Stars or move on.

The team has been under intense scrutiny following allegations that its last game, with Harare-based Dynamos, was rigged so Shooting Stars could escape relegation to the first division. Highlanders of Bulawayo had already locked up the PSL title.

Reports said police have questioned Shooting Stars managers including Ntini, and the PSL has yet to decide whether the team will remain in the league or be relegated after all. The question is complicated by the premature conclusion of the game due to a disturbance by fans angered by what they perceived to be blatant rigging.

Elsewhere in Zimbabwean sports, the country's swimmers were competing in the Sub-Saharan Gala championship that opened in Harare on Thursday. Other countries in the meet include Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia and Malawi.

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