Zifa Shifts Goal Posts

Initially, the Asiagte scandal had been set to be concluded by the end of 2011 but Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze is now singing another song saying they have now given the Ethics Committee up to the start of the 2012 soccer programme to bring finality to the case that is now dragging into its third year of investigation.

The Ethics Committee led by retired judge Justice Ebrahim was set up to look at the recommendations made by the Ndumiso Gumede investigating committee and come up with appropriate action to be meted out to those found on the wrong side of the law.

Mashingaidze says they are giving the Ethics Committee more time to look at the report and recommendations for them to come up with their jurisdiction, bringing question marks whether the investigations into the scandal will be brought to an end at all.

Ironically, Zifa president Cuthbert Dube had promised Fifa during Fifa president Joseph Sepp Blatter’s visit to Zimbabwe that a lid would be put on the Asiagate scandal by the end of 2012.

All sorts of theories and allegations are now being drummed up as to why Zifa are not bringing conclusion to this case with some suggesting that Zifa are scared of taking action on some of the people involved as they might bring hidden illegal activities taking place at the national football federation.

Gumede and his committee had concluded investigations into allegations that the Warriors were paid large sums of money by an Asian betting syndicate to throw away matches, leaving the Ethics Committee to take over its role.

Then Zifa Chief Executive Officer Henrietta Rushwaya was fired for being the masterminder of the Asian trips while Zifa vice president Kenny Marange, and board members, Methembe Ndlovu, and Solomon Mugavazi, were suspended for their involvement in the matter.