Standardsport understands that former Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya and former Warriors manager Ernest Sibanda initially appeared on the list of the May 26 match’s Organising Committee but Zifa forced the removal of their names.
Rushwaya is believed to be close to Mwaruwari.
Zifa also tried in vain to push out Kennedy Mapeza, younger brother to suspended Warriors coach Norman Mapeza from the Organising Committee.
Benjani’s team of organisers comprises Kennedy, Brian Nyikadzino and Tsaurai Muzanenhamo while Zifa provides finance, communication, competitions and chief operations managers.
Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze said people involved in the Asiagate scandal had no room in organising the match.
“Our intelligence people picked up and quickly alerted us that there were some people fingered in the Asiagate scandal trying to force their way into organising this match. We then warned Benjani and his team not to engage such people,” said Mashingaidze.
Mashingaidze said the association would not hesitate to come hard on them.
Mapeza said they will comply and will not rope in anyone else into their three-man team.
“Zifa warned us about working with people involved in Asiagate but they did not mention names. As for Mapepa Sibanda, he has been invited to come with Bulawayo-based soccer legends and nothing more,” said Mapeza.
So far 30 African footballers have confirmed their participation in the match.