Zifa Makes Move To Finalise Asiagate Scandal

This follows Justice Antony Gubbay’s rejection to take over the chairmanship of the committee after being approached by the football controlling body.

The independent disciplinary committee also includes former Sports and Recreation Commission chairman Gibson Mashingaidze, former assistant commissioner Emmanuel Chimwanda, lawyers Tererai Gunje Lewis Uriri, and John Rowland, as well as former referee Kenny Sigoba.

Initially Zifa had also targeted record breaking six time referee of the year Felix Tangawarima but he is on a Fifa mission in Botswana.

The  committee’s task is to draw up a calendar of activities, appoint each other into positions of vice-chairman, secretary and committee members, conduct hearings for individuals, record all the evidence from the individuals, pronounce sanctions for individuals in terms of Zifa and Fifa statutes, submit findings and recommendations to the Zifa board for enforcement of sanctions. All communication shall be through the Zifa president, Cuthbert Dube.

The committee has been tasked to look at the report that was compiled by the four member Zifa investigating committee led by  Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede and come up with the disciplinary action to be meted out on those found guilty of match fixing when the Zimbabwe national team went on a number of trips in Asia.

The national team was paid huge sums of money to throw away matches in favour of an Asian betting syndicate.

Former Zifa Chief Executive Officer Henrietta Rushwaya was fired for authorising trips to Asia where Zimbabwe lost heavily to lowly ranked football nations like Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Three Zifa board members, vice president Kenny Marange, Solomon Mugavazi, and Methembe Ndlovu have also been suspended for their different roles in the trips.