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ZIFA names Asiagate match fixers
12/07/2011 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Rich pickings ... Henrietta Rushwaya
 
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THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has released the names of players and officials who took bungs to lose matches on trips to Asia between 2007 and 2010.

Disgraced former ZIFA CEO Henrietta Rushwaya is believed to have received close to half a million United States dollars from Asian betting syndicates in a web of deceit involving a senior journalist and some of the country’s most successful coaches.

FIFA-registered player agent, Kudzi Shaba, is also named along with Rushwaya as a key cog in the corruption.

With the report having been handed over to the police for further investigations, the net could be closing in on some of the officials and coaches, including current ZIFA board members and the Herald newspaper’s Sports Editor, Robson Sharuko.

Last week, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said all those found guilty will be banned for life.

According to the ZIFA report, some of the officials participated in as many as 14 trips and managed to bring home luxury cars and household goods while some technical team members were getting between $8,000 and $9,000.

Rushwaya, the ZIFA report concluded, amassed a personal fortune of more than $450,000 from the trips.

Asian match fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal, has been named as having been the contact person in the organisation of the corrupt matches. He is now languishing in prison in Finland where he was caught up in another scandal involving nine Zambians.

ZIFA vice president Ndumiso Gumede led the probe team, which also included board members - Elliot Kasu, Fungai Chihuri and Benedict Moyo.

The quartet came up with a 162-page report which has since been handed over to FIFA, CAF, the Sport and Recreation Commission, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture.

Gumede's team also felt there was a pattern in the way the games were undertaken.

"All these trips and subsequent games undertaken have a consistency on the pattern of events and evidence/submissions made clearly indicate that all trips/matches organised to Asia and CECAFA in Kenya were for personal gains by the syndicate,” the report said.

"All the personnel, in particular the technical teams, were into it a big way and they understood the rules of match fixing very well and their benefits to them. It was by no fluke that someone travelled more than once to those games."



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They came up with a cocktail of recommendations which include that:
# A disciplinary committee be established according to FIFA statutes to consider sanctions.
# Cases of a criminal nature be referred to the police for further investigation.
# Assets acquired using proceeds from the games to be confiscated to the benefit of football development programmes.

# Individuals that are not or were not under the jurisdiction of ZIFA be dealt with according to FIFA disciplinary code Article 62 which provides for lifetime bans from any football activity and from football stadiums.

# Those called to appear before the disciplinary committee and decided not to avail themselves be dealt with according to FIFA disciplinary code Article 62.

# Members of the investigating committee be exempted from being members of the disciplinary committee.

# The disciplinary committee be composed of some remaining members of the ZIFA board in exception of those implicated or fingered in the corruption.

# FIFA disciplinary code Article 62 be applied but ZIFA to be allowed discretional sentences [including credits for individuals who cooperated with the probe].

# Corporate governance practices must be applied and practised.
# National teams must only participate in tournaments or matches where there are tangible developmental benefits.

# Adequate resources must first be sourced and availed so that there is proper preparations done, allowances are there and incentives are given on time and the teams are well kitted to fly the Zimbabwe flag.

# All national team matches must be sanctioned by the board member responsible for competitions so that there is accountability to the whole process.

# Shortcuts must not be entertained
 
ASIAGATE MATCH FIXERS ROLL CALL
 
Hyperactive Officials (Games Attended)

Robson Sharuko (Herald Sports Editor) 14
Godfrey Japajapa (Administrator) 7
Sunday Chidzambwa (Coach) 7
Luke Masomere (Coach) 6
Ernest Sibanda (Manager) 5

Two Matches
 
Norman Mapeza (Coach); Methembe Ndlovu (Coach); Modecai Sachikonye (Medic)
 
One Match

Jose Valinhos (Coach); Solomon Makuvaro (Match Commissioner); Cyril Mukweva (Administrator); Joey Antipas (Coach); Edward Chagonda (Medic), Lloyd Maungwa (Medic); Nathan Makanza (Medic); Solomon Mugavazi (ZIFA Board Member)

Players Most Active (By Number of Matches)
 
Fifteen
 
Thomas Sweswe
 
Thirteen
 
Lionel Mtizwa; Mtshumayeli Moyo
 
Ten
 
Eusebio Manuwere
 
Nine
 
Gilbert Banda; Johannes Ngodzo
 
Eight
 
Justice Majabvi; Danisa Phiri
 
Seven
 
Mernard Mupera; Edward Sadomba; Kingston Nkatha; Washington Pakamisa; Method Mwanjali; Richard Mteki
 
Six
 
Tsungi Mudzamiri; Edmore Sibanda; Phillip Marufu; Energy Murambadoro; Costa Nhamoinesu
 
Five
 
Edward Tembo; Ali Sadiki; Beaven Chikaka; Tafadzwa Dube; Willard Manyatera
 
Four
 
Elvis Meleka
 
Three
 
Tichaona Ngodzo; Nicholas Alifandika; Oscar Machapa; Milton Makopa
 
Two

Ovidy Karuru; Pride Tafirenyika; Cuthbert Malajila; Clemence Matawu; David Kutyauripo; Zhaimu Jambo; Washington Arubi; Zephania Ngodzo; Evans Chikaikwai; Daniel Vheremu; Augustine Mbara; Kennedy Chirwa; Brian Katsuruware; Tendai Ramthokwane; Rex Mabeza; Martin Vengesai; Hardlife Zvirekwi; Milton Ncube; Cliff Sekete; Hardlife Mafundi; Knowledge Machona; Khama Billiat; Proud Zireni; Danisa Phiri; Khumbulani Banda; Nyasha Mukumbi; Gilbert Mapemba; Thabani Goredema; Christopher Samakweri; Tawanda Muparati; Thabani Masuku

One

Bekithemba Ndlovu; Charles Chiutsa; Asani Nhongo; Ronald Sengu; Gilbert Mushangazhike; Willard Katsande; Marshal Matenda; Last Chibwiro; Max Nyamupanedengu; Guthrie Zhokinyi; George Magariro; Arthur Mafusire; Carrington Gomba; Wonder Sithole; Thabani Kamusoko; Marvel Samaneka; Edmore Chitato; Tawanda Nyamandwe; Clive Kawinga; Leonard Tsipa; Tawanda Amos Mandicha


 
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