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Centralgate hearings to begin

HEARINGS on Centralgate investigations are set to begin tomorrow (Monday) after all those implicated in the match-fixing web were served with letters to attend the session, Standardsport can reveal.

Report by  Brian Nkiwane

The scandal saw the suspension of two Zifa board members Gift Banda and Patrick Hokonya, top referee Cosmas Nyoni and Zimbabwe Women’s Football secretary-general and Zifa Referees Committee chairperson Samukeliso Silingane.

A Zifa official confirmed the development and emphasised on the need to put to finality to the investigations into the scandal.

“I am told all those that were supposed to get letters did so. there is nothing that is going to stop the proceedings. This matter has to be looked into and brought to finality,” said the official.

The suspension of Banda and Hokonya brought to five the number of Zifa board members who have been suspended in cases related to match-fixing.

Solomon Mugavazi, Kenny Marange and Methembe Ndlovu were suspended earlier this year after they were linked to the Asiagate.

Banda and Hokonya’s suspension meant that three of the four regional chairmen are now on suspension with Eastern Region boss, Fungayi Chihuri, the only one still on the Zifa board.

Hokonya, who was the Central Region chairman and his Southern Region counterpart Banda, were suspended from the Zifa board in December last year following the explosion of a match-fixing scandal in the Central Region.

The duo was first implicated by referee Nyoni in a matter that sucked in Silingane.

Zifa then set up a probe team led by former Fifa panel referee Brighton Mudzamiri and included another retired Fifa panelist Wilfred Mukuna, Esther Mubaiwa and Rueben Pwanyiwa.

According to Zifa vice-president Ndumiso Gumede it’s now left to the Disciplinary Committee led by Administrative Court president judge Justice Custom Kachambwa to conduct the hearings which are set to begin tomorrow.

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