ZIFA deals with scam

zimbabwe_football_association_zifa_logoHARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) have said they will soon take action against the players who were at the centre of a match-fixing scam in the Far East.

ZIFA vice president, Ndumiso Gumede, told this paper that they would furnish FIFA with all the details when they concluded the investigation which started last year.

“The matter has not yet been finalised,” said Gumede. “Investigations are still going on and it should be remembered that investigations can not be concluded all of sudden. We will inform FIFA of our findings once we complete the investigations. We are aware FIFA want a report on this,” he said.

Several players confessed in sworn statements to an official investigation that they were paid to lose matches in 2008 and 2009. All the players are, however, still playing for their respective clubs in South Africa and in Zimbabwe. The players admitted that they were paid to lose matches against Thailand, Malaysia and Syria.

Former Zimbabwe Football Association chief executive, Henriatta Rushwaya, is the only one who has been outed; she was sacked when the scandal was unearthed in December 2009.

Some of the players linked to the scandal include South African-based duo of Nyasha Mushekwi, Method Mwanjali, Washington Arubi and Cuthbert Malajila.

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