ZIFA committee to hear Rushwaya case

henrietta_rushwaya1HARARE- The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board has appointed a disciplinary committee to probe suspended chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya (pictured) over the controversial tour to Asia by the Warriors in December last year.

The board elected into office last March and went on to suspend Rushwaya over the Asia tour had not had time to set up the committee that under its statutes must investigate allegations against employees.

” According to the law, the case has to be heard before the lapse of the 14 days working days from the date of suspension. We are being guided by our lawyers and she would be summoned to a hearing any time from now,” ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube said.

“We want this issue to be as fair as possible. We do not want it to be like a witch hunting exercise,” added Dube.

Rushwaya was suspended with effect from July 27 by the ZIFA board to facilitate a probe into an alleged match fixing and betting scandal involving some ZIFA officials and players.

The disciplinary committee must hear Rushwayas case within the stipulated 14 days failure of which the association would be forced to reinstate her.

At the centre of the scandal is alleged collusion between certain officials at ZIFA and national team players to lose matches on farcical Asian tours said to have been funded by big-money betting syndicates.

The tours to countries like Malaysia, Oman, Thailand, Syria where Zimbabwe lost heavily have affected the countrys ranking on the FIFA classification. The Warriors are currently ranked 113 in the world.

A three-man investigating committee led by ZIFA first vice president Ndumiso Gumede — who is working alongside former national team coach Benedict Moyo and ZIFA board member for finance Elliot Kasu was tasked to investigate the scam and will submit their report to the Sport and Recreation Commission.

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