Nyatanga under probe


Former Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Wellington Nyatanga has been sucked into the ongoing investigation into the Warriors controversial trip to Asia on 28 December 2009.
The probe into the unsanctioned trip has already claimed the scalp of Zifa programmes officer, Jonathan Musavengana who has been suspended indefinitely. Zifa instituted the investigation after the Sports Commission caught the football governing body off-side on the trip.
All member associations are supposed to be cleared by the SRC before they undertake any foreign trip.
Apart from Nyatanga, sources said, the investigation team set up by Zifa president Cuthbert Dube had also asked the chief executive officer, Henrietta Rushwaya and former Zifa board member (finance) Gladmore Muzambi to write letters explaining to the probe team what transpired and who sanctioned the trip.
Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede is leading the investigating team which also features other board members — Elliot Kasu (finance), Methembe Ndlovu (development) and Benedict Moyo (competitions).
Gumede and his committee have also asked the coach who travelled with the team, Joey Antipas and some senior players to report on what really transpired in Syria, Thailand and Malaysia.
Musavengana, allegedly without clearance and with connivance from some officials, travelled with the team that was largely drawn from the team which had won the Cosafa Challenge Cup.
Initially, it was claimed that the trip was part of a package put together by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority to ‘thank’ the Warriors for a successful Cosafa Senior Challenge campaign.
The Warriors were trounced 6-0 by Syria in a match Abdul Razaq Al Hussein fired in four goals. The Syrians were then preparing for their Asian Cup 2011 qualifier match against China. Antipas and his troops lost their second match to Thailand 3-0.
Veteran football administrator, Gumede yesterday confirmed leading a team looking into the trip to Asia but refused to offer any clue on what they had covered so far.
He said: “I’m not at liberty to tell you anything about this investigation but we are doing the job we have been mandated to do.
“Only when we get credible information from certain people shall we comment,” said Gumede.
Dube, who was quoted saying he had “received a lot of information” regarding the Warriors’ involvement in betting syndicates during the trip said he could not comment on the subject referring Newsday to Rushwaya. The Zifa chief executive in turn refused to comment saying it was premature to do so.