ZVISHAVANE – Shabani Mine FC has suspended Joshua Sithole and Prestige Nhokodi who are treasurer and secretary general respectively on allegations that they pocketed $70 from gate takings during a match against Caps a fortnight ago.
Allegations are that they failed to receipt and remit collected vending payments from vendors.
Club Chairman Elias Marufu told The Mirror in an interview that Sithole and Nhokodi were suspended after they were found guilty of theft by the club's disciplinary committee.
He said Sithole and Nhokodi were tasked to collect vending payments from vendors and also monitor gate taking procedures. During the match the two collected money from vendors but did not issue receipts and diverted the funds for their personal use.
"The matter came to light when a Premier Soccer League (PSL) official (name withheld) saw the two receiving payment from a vendor and did not issue a receipt. With suspicion the PSL official then approached the vendor to produce his vending ticket and the vendor revealed that he had paid Sithole and Nhokodi a total of $5 but was not offered a receipt.
"It is also alleged that the two connived to allow certain individuals enter the match for free at the expense of the club which is struggling financially," said Marufu.
Marufu said investigations revealed that the two had fraudulently conned the club of $70 and the club has suspended the two from taking part in any club business.