Let the culprits pay: Tanyanyiwa

Former topflight goalkeeper, Tendai Tanyanyiwa, says he will shed no tears about players suspended over the “Asiagate” scandal.

Tendai Tanyanyiwa
Tendai Tanyanyiwa

Instead, he wants them to pay heavily should they be found guilty of the allegations that they accepted bribes to throw matches. Now a goalkeepers coach for First Division side, Pretoria University, Tanyanyiwa said that Zimbabwean football had suffered from corruption for many years – from the top echelons down to the lowest groups, but nothing had been done to curb the graft.

“If the shameful allegations are true, all the players involved must be banned from the game to show the younger generation that we don’t take such issues lightly. Our football has for long suffered because of this kind of behaviour from a few selfish individuals, who have no regard for the game, the nation and the supporters and now is the time for the truth.”

He said corruption could have been the reason behind the questionable selection of players by some coaches whenever Zimbabwe tried to qualify for major tournaments.

“Those people were representing the nation not themselves, and we would rather use inexperienced players in future tournaments. As long as they wear that national team jersey with pride and represent the interests of the nation, and don't go around accepting dirty money,” said the former national youth international, who also played a few games for the senior side.

“Cleaning up the game, and not just qualification for the next Afcon, should be top priority for now. ZIFA must be praised for its recent actions and the nation must stand together to pullout all the weeds hampering our football growth. It is only after a successful clean-out that we can then dream about qualifying for and winning tournaments."

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