KENNETH NYANGANI IN CHIREDZI
GISHONI Ntini alleged match-fixing, accusing Triangle of paying off some of his players to lose the Lowveld Derby at Chishamiso Stadium yesterday.
The already relegated Chiredzi FC went on to lose the match 1-0 courtesy of a Richard Kawondera fourth-minute strike. The visibly angry Ntini alleged that Triangle always paid match officials to win their games.
“I didn’t think they played well,” he said. “Whenever you have money you have no problem and they have resources (Triangle). They must channel those resources to develop football than to buy players and match officials.
“They paid some of my players to lose the match. I don’t want to mention the players, but l think l have made myself clear and they also pay match officials.”
Last week, Hwange cried foul after they lost 1-0 at Gibbo when Triangle were awarded a penalty.
But Triangle coach Biggie Zuze said: “We took the game as another game. We tried to play our normal football, but derbies normally do not produce the football we might want.”
The win gave Triangle a double over their counterparts after beating them 3-1 at Gibbo Stadium early in the season in a match dribbling wizard Nhamo Lameck banged a hat-trick.
But yesterday’s match lacked the ingredients of a derby from the very outset, but what mattered most for the visitors was the vital maximum points as they are fighting the dreaded chop.
They are now on 37 points with just a home match against Shabanie Mine left.
The visitors took the lead in the fourth minute through Kawondera who poked home after making a good use of Lameck’s fine cross from the left channel.