HOW Mine head coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube on Monday stormed Southern Eye offices threatening to deal with the publication for revealing that his team’s new signing Morris Kadzola is failing to honour a $250 debt he owes a Bulawayo woman, Fildah Chirara.
A frothing Ncube constantly banged his fist on the table, accusing Southern Eye of tarnishing the image of How Mine as a corporate entity, saying he should have been consulted as a coach before the story was published.
It was put to him that he is not the one who borrowed the money from Chirara, but his player Kadzola, who also threatened the paper before the publication of the story last week.
In a clear sign the How Mine gaffer wanted to intimidate journalists, Ncube boasted about his boxing abilities saying that he is just a coach by qualifications, but he could physically deal with journalists if they published negative stories about him or his team.
The coach claimed Chirara sent Kadzola a message apologising, an allegation Chirara vehemently denied yesterday.
“You should have consulted me as a coach before (publishing the story). The story you wrote about Morris is causing problems at How Mine as a company. What image are you portraying about that company? The whole nation will think that we do not pay our players.
“The story you published is not true. The woman actually sent a message apologising to Morris. If you write negatively about me, I will deal with you. I am good at fighting. I am just a coach by qualifications,” Ncube fumed.
Barely 30 minutes after Ncube left Southern Eye offices, Chirara came to the publication complaining that Kadzola had not yet shown up with her money and was threatening her via his mobile phone.
Chirara then met with Ncube the same day after How Mine trained and he was told the whole story by the complainant. It is understood that Ncube undertook to pay the debt between tomorrow and Friday.
Chirara told Southern Eye yesterday she was living in fear of her life, saying Kadzola called her on Monday evening threatening her with unspecified action.
“I met Morris’ coach after they finished training on Monday. I told him the whole story and he promised me that he is going to pay the debt between Thursday and Friday. Morris then called me the same day in the evening insulting and threatening me asking why I called his coach telling him about my money. I am now living in fear of him (Kadzola), so I am considering taking legal action. I will go to the police if I don’t get any redress as discussed with Beefy,” Chirara said.
On February 20, Southern Eye published a story about Kadzola failing to honour Chirara’s $250 which he is understood to have borrowed when he was facing financial constraints during his stay at Harare giants Dynamos Football Club.