Match Fixing Players Face Life Ban

Zifa acting Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze says match fixing will now be a thing of the past after the national football federations resolved to come up with strict measures to monitor on the ground players when on national duty.

The new measures come into effect next week when the Warriors travel to Sudan for the African Nations Championships which run from February 4 to 25.Mashingaidze says they have introduced strict security surveilance systems for the players when both in camp or when out of the country on international engagements.

He added that they have also limited access to the players from both ZIFA or soccer officials as well as relatives in order to prevent players from being tempted to take bribes from officials of other teams or match fixing syndicates.

He revealed that they have also made it clear that those caught in the match fixing web this time around will not only be fined heavily but will also  be banned for life from representing Zimbabwe in international football.

Mashingaidze says they have also asked local clubs to report any players they suspected of match fixing even at club level.The Warriors first international assignment this year is the Sudan African Nations Championships where Zimbabwe have been drawn to play Ghana, Niger and South Africa in the group stages and Mashingaidze said the players will be under heavy scrutiny at the tournament.

The Warriors last year made headlines for the wrong reasons following allegations that players were paid large sums of money to lose matches on their trips to Asia. The national team players are said to have accepted bribes in favour of an Asian betting syndicate which was making huge sums of money from the Warriors heavy losses.

Some of the players admitted to having received the money but no action was taken on the them.Instead, the allegations amongst others, cost then Chief Executive Officer Henrietta Rushwaya her job as well as another ZIFA official Jonathan Musavengana who was alleged to have been the go between the players and the leaders of the betting syndicate.