THE future of Monomotapa Football Club hangs in the balance this week after it was revealed that the owner, Solomon Mugavazi, will shortly be slapped with a five-year ban from football over his role in the Asiagate match fixing scandal.
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) last Friday named 15 individuals who are to receive life bans, but it is yet to reveal names of dozens of players and officials who face suspensions of between six months and 10 years from the game.
The NewsDay newspaper on Monday published what it says is a leaked list of the players and officials facing suspensions, together with the sanctions they will receive.
The list shows that Mugavazi – who sent his team on a tour of Malaysia in 2010 posing as the Zimbabwe national team – faces a lengthy ban, raising doubts about the future viability of the club.
Monomotapa’s former coach, Rodwell Dhlakama, and the club’s former public relations officer, Hope Chizuzu, were among the list of 15 officials and players banned for life. That official list also included the former ZIFA CEO Henrietta Rushwaya – the alleged mastermind – and ex-national team coach, Sunday Chidzambwa.
Dhlakama’s former assistant, Taurai Mangwiro, now the coach of CAPS United, is also set to be banned for 10 years together with the club’s former manager, Clayton Munemo, according to the NewsDay list.
Norman Mapeza, forced to stand down as national team coach earlier this year after being implicated in the corruption, faces a ban of at least six months over match fixing during the 2009 CECAFA tournament, but ZIFA sources suggest this could be extended to 10 years when the official list is finally released.
Former Highlanders striker Zenzo Moyo, and the club’s former defender Bekithemba Ndlovu are also set to be banned for 10 years – the longest sanction to be handed out after the life bans.
Other clubs facing a major change are Motor Action whose coach Joey Antipas is staring a five year ban and Shabanie Mine whose coach Luke Masomere is to be sidelined for two years.
But perhaps the biggest effect of the sanctions will be felt at CAPS United with four of the club’s players – Nqobile Mpala, Charles Chiutsa, Tendai Samanja and Asani Nhongo – set to be banned for five years.
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Nyasha Mushekwi and Pretoria University goalkeeper Washington Arubi will be banned for one year each.
The decorated former Highlanders manager Ernest 'Mapepa' Sibanda faces a five-year ban.
ZIFA says the official list of officials and players facing suspensions will be published by the end of November.
Leaked List of Suspensions
MAPEZA Norman (official)
ARUBI Washington, MUSHEKWI Nyasha
TWO YEARS EFFECTIVE
CHIKAKA Beavan, KARIMUPFUMBI George, MAGARIRO George, MAPEMBA Gilbert, MARERE Benjamin, MARUFU Philip, MASOMERE Luke (official), MBARA Augustine, MUDZAMIRI Tsungai, MUPERA Menard, MUTEPFA Progress, RAMBANAPASI Ashley, RUSIKE Tafadzwa, SADIKI Ali, TEMBO Edward, VEREMU Daniel, ZHUWAWO Ramson
TWO YEARS WITH ONE YEAR SUSPENDED FOR TWO YEARS
AMIN Qadr, MANDICHA Tawanda
MANUWERE Eusebio, MOYO Mtshumayeli, NGODZO Johannes
ALIFANDIKA Nicholas, ANTIPAS Joey (official), BANDA Khumbulani, CHIMUSARU Abel, CHITEMA Vorster, CHIUTSA Charles, GWATA Tendai, KAMUNENGA Daniel, KAMUSOKO Thabani, KAWASHU Makai, KHANYE Ndumiso, KUPERA William, MACHONA Casper, MAFUNGA Tapiwa, MANGEZI Tapiwa, MANGEZI Fidelis, MANGOVE Godfrey, MAPFUMO Brian, MDHLULI Lawrence, MPALA Nqobile, MUGAVAZI Solomon (official), MUKANDI Artwell, MUNTHALI Josh (journalist), MUSHURE Ocean, NGODZO Zephanaiah, NHONGO Asani, NYAMADZAWO Tawanda, NYANDORO Darryl, SAMANJA Tendai, SEMAKWERI Christopher, SIBANDA Ernest (official), SIMANGO Luckmore, ZOKOTO Daniel
MANGWIRO Taurai (official), MOYO Zenzo (official), MUNEMO clayton (official), NDLOVU Bekithemba
Henrietta Rushwaya, Jonathan Musavengana, Kudzai Shabba, Sunday Chidzambwa, Thompson Matenda, Godfrey Japajapa, Rodwell Dhlakama, Emmanuel Nyahuma, Robson Sharuko, Edmore Sibanda, Danisa Phiri, Thomas Sweswe, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Method Mwanjali, Hope Chizuzu