Date set for Asiagate Disciplinary Committee

Zifa Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Mashingaidze, says the Disciplinary Committee will look at the report and recommendations made by the three member Zifa investigating committee and come up with their jurisdiction.

The investigating committee which was made up of Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede, board member for finance Elliot Kasu, and board member competitions, Benedict Moyo, was tasked with investigating the matter in which some players and coaches even admitted receiving payments to throw away matches.

Mashingaidze says they are taking action in compliance with a Fifa directive that those found guilty have to be made accountable for their actions as match fixing is a very serious crime in international football.

Fifa president Joseph Sepp Blatter during a visit to Zimbabwe in July said Fifa will only act, after first, the respective national federations, have taken action on their own people. ‘I am happy that this country (Zimbabwe) is also doing something to help Fifa with the situation,’ said Blatter.

Mashingaidze says there won’t be any sacred cows adding that even those in Zifa who will be found guilty will pay for their actions.

 “The investigation was for everyone. Whoever is found guilty, irrespective of position, will be made accountable,” says Mashingaidze.

A number of top football figures among them Zifa vice president, Kenny Marange, Zifa board for development Methembe Ndlovu, Zifa board member, Solomon Mugavazi, former PSL fixtures secretary Godfrey Japajapa, as well as Warriors captain, Method Mwanjali, have all been implicated in the scandal. They are still innocent until proven guilty.

The decisions of the Disciplinary Committee should constitute the end on the part of Zimbabwe of the match fixing scandal that has been under investigation since mid last year.

The Warriors are alleged to have been paid large sums of money ranging from $3 000 to $5 000 to lose heavily to low ranked football nations like, Thailand, Bahrain, Jordan, amongst other. They lost 3-2 to Oman, 5-2 to Bahrain, 2-0 to Jordan, 3-0 to Thailand, and 6-0 to Syria.