of the Warriors while Chivero has managed the Young Warriors on a number of occasions.
The duo was part of the crew of technical members of the national teams who were removed from their portfolios in a mass Zifa reshuffle carried out at the beginning of the year.
Both are founding members of the Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association with Mpandare currently the operations director at Premiership side, Gunners, while Chivero managed Njube Sundowns.
A turf war appears to be raging between the ZNSSA and the newly-formed Friends of the Warriors supporters’ group and, at the weekend, both Mpandare and Chivero had their names dragged into the Asiagate scandal. Friends of the Warriors’ interim leader, Tendai “T-Buns” Zhakata, claimed that Mpandare and Chivero were not suitable candidates to represent supporters because of their questionable past, linked to Asiagate.
However, both Mpandare and Chivero were never implicated in the match-fixing scandal and yesterday they claimed this was part of a shadowy plot to discredit them.
The duo never traveled to any of the trips under review and their names are not even mentioned in the Asiagate report compiled by a Zifa investigating team led by Ndumiso Gumede.
Mpandare claimed the plot was thickening.
“It’s sad that my name is being tarnished for no apparent reason since I was never a team manager for any national team that went to any of those trips and I have never been under any investigation,” said Mpandare.
“But our differences, in terms of how we see issues, should never be turned into a weapon to damage the reputations of others for no apparent reason and to drag my name into Asiagate is a bit shallow, to say the least.
Mpandare led the negotiations that culminated in the ZNSSA clinching a deal with Savanna Tobacco for free transport for fans during big football matches.
The pilot project was launched at the weekend. He also helped Dynamos fans to secure a bus, under a deal brokered by ZNSSA and Moonlight Funeral Services, to travel to Mozambique for a Champions League assignment.
Chivero, a Bulawayo businessman who was part of the administrative team that ran Njube Sundowns, said those who soiling his image will pay a huge price.
“Given that the Friends of the Warriors claim they are registered by Zifa, I guess it would be easier for them to get information from the mother body on who is implicated and who is not in as far as Asiagate is concerned,” said Chivero.