Guthrie Zhokinyi fights life ban

FORMER Dynamos skipper Guthrie “Tollgate” Zhokinyi has become the second high profile Asiagate casualty to pay US$6 000 appeal fees in a bid to fight the imposed life ban.

Report By Brian Nkiwane

Zhokinyi lodged his appeal against the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) sentence after ex-CAPS United gaffer Taurai Mangwiro.

Zhokinyi was handed a life ban for his part in the Cecafa Senior Challenge of 2009 in Kenya where he is accused of having co-ordinated with the alleged illegal exchange of money between convicted match-fixer Raj Perumal and the Warriors team.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube confirmed to Standardsport that Zhokinyi and Mangwiro had officially appealed and would now face the three-member committee established last month.

“I’m told all the necessary documents and the appeals fees that are needed were forwarded. The two appeal letters have since been accepted,” Dube said.
Zifa handed life bans to 15 players and officials who actively participated in the Asiagate scandal.

Zhokinyi, who together with players such as Mamelodi Sundowns defender Method Mwanjali, Bidvest Wits defender Thomas Sweswe, former Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya and former Black Leopards head coach Sunday Chidzambwa, were slapped with life bans.

Despite the fact that Fifa has not yet endorsed these bans, Zhokinyi was dropped at the last minute from the Dynamos team that played Gunners in the quarter-final stage of the country’s richest 16-team tournament, the Mbada Diamonds Cup in Kwekwe.

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