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Zifa to engage Kentaro lawyers

The case in which Kentaro, a Switzerland-based company, is suing Zifa over unpaid fees for organising the friendly match between Brazil and Zimbabwe in 2010, will be heard in a Switzerland court.

The association’s chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said Zifa want to engage the lawyers before the case goes to court.

“We are sitting on a US$600 000 lawsuit from Kentaro so the board has resolved that we should engage their lawyers before the case goes to court. Zifa did not get even a single cent from the match so we are saying whoever has the money should forward it to Kentaro,” he said.

Zifa are refusing to pay the Switzerland-based company arguing they never received a cent from the match and heaped all the blame on former chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya.

The board also tabled the Asiagate report in which 33 players were acquitted of any wrongdoing in the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the country.

“A number of players have been exonerated and that should give the national team coaches more depth in team selection. Preparations for the forthcoming games should start soon and we will play Guinea on June 3 at the National Sports Stadium in a World Cup qualifier,” he said.

Zimbabwe will then travel to Mozambique for another World Cup qualifier before the Africa Cup of Nations second leg clash against Burundi a week later.

Zimbabwe are in the same group as former heavyweights Egypt, Guinea and Mozambique in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

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