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Asiagate far from over

Zifa vice-president Ndumiso Gumede said investigations into Asiagate are far from over and those that have been exonerated might find themselves being suspended again.

REPORT BY BRIAN NKIWANE

Gumede told Standardsport that the Justice Ebrahim-led Ethics Committee left a lot of things hanging, which Zifa would pursue.

“Investigations into this matter are not yet over. We are looking for funds that would be used to put the case to finality.

“The Committee wants to visit all the countries where all these things were happening to get firsthand information. If more information is gathered, all those that have been exonerated before might find themselves being sanctioned,” Gumede said.

The association’s boss Cuthbert Dube also said investigations were going to continue as there were more people on top of the 15 facing life bans.

“There will be some more people facing life bans because investigations are still to be completed. We are going case by case and had to rush into publishing the completed cases. More names are going to follow,” he said.

“These people that have been banned should never come near our football and the bans are already into effect. Local and foreign clubs are advised not to use the banned players.

“I understand Dynamos will be playing tomorrow and I warn them not to use Guthrie Zhokinyi who has been handed a life ban. We have already communicated with the respective clubs, associations and Fifa as well.”

Dube added that the investigations would also shift into the Premier Soccer League where match fixing was thought to be rampant.

“We have had reports of match-fixing in Division One and the Premier Soccer league. We are also going to investigate that. The level of refereeing in the country has just become atrocious,” said Dube.

On the Warriors’ technical team, Gumede said if he had his way, there would be changes in the technical teams set up.
“The board is going to decide on that, but my personal view is that we should go back to Under-23.”

He also lamented on dissolving the entire current national team.

“We also have reports that the match in Angola was fixed as some people were seen talking to our senior players,” he said.
Gumede also explained the matter involving two journalists, The Herald Senior Sports Editor, Robson Sharuko and Hope Chizuzu, who have been slapped with life bans.

“As Zifa, we have no statutes that regulate journalists but those journalists are viewed as spectators in our constitution.

“As Zifa, we have the right to sanction supporters from any football matters. We are not worried with their operations out of football matters but what we do not want is to see them doing football-related things.

If there are seen at any football matches, they would be charged for violating statutes that bar them from being there,” he said.

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