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Another life ban for Rushwaya

ZIFA has imposed another life ban on its former chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya for allegedly plotting to manipulate the outcome of the national team’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Swaziland in March, a decision made during an extraordinary congress held in the capital yesterday.


The latest ban comes less than six months after the local football governing body had lifted another life ban imposed on Rushwaya for her activities around national team games played mostly in Asia between 2007 and 2009.

Rushwaya was one of the two people to be handed life bans together with former Zifa programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana while player agent Kudzi Shaba was acquitted.

Former national team player and Zifa executive committee member Edzai Kasinauyo together with former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa were both handed 10-year bans, while ex-national team assistant coach Nation Dube was handed a five-year ban.

The bans will need further endorsement from Fifa in order to have a global effect.

About 85 players and officials were banned for illicit activities around national team games played mostly in Asia between 2007 and 2009, but the sanctions were never endorsed by Fifa.

The recent Zifa investigation claimed that from January to the end of February this year, Kasinauyo, Rushwaya, Gorowa and Dube were involved in acts of match-fixing targeting the South African Premier Soccer League

The papers add the quartet was also working with eventual whistle-blower Leeroy Waguta and well-known Asian match-fixer Chan Sankaran, who was the financier, to try to fix the results of the two Afcon matches between Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

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