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Zifa probe hits snag


Investigations by Zifa into the Warriors controversial trip to Asia last year hit a snag when a committee, led by vice president of the association Ndumiso Gumede failed to meet its July 9 deadline to produce a preliminary report.
Gumede, with three other board members, Benedict Moyo (competitions), Elliot Kasu (finance) and Methembe Ndlovu (development)— who has reportedly quit — form the committee to investigate whether the Warriors were involved in betting syndicates on their trip last December.
Instead, the committee has asked for an extension as it claims that “critical” persons were not available for the initial interviews on July 3.
Gumede, who arrived from South Africa yesterday morning, confirmed the latest developments as it becomes increasingly clear that the three-man committee will have a tough task of gathering information related to the trips.
Last week, we reported that a number of players were unwilling to give evidence on the trip for fear of reprisals and being excluded from national teams in the future.
“The deadline was July 8 and presentation was July 9, but we asked for an extension as we were unable to interview critical persons on the trip,” said Gumede.
“We realise we need to go much wider in our interviews than we had previously thought.” The next Zifa meeting takes place on July 30 and that is when the report is expected to be tabled if investigations would have been completed.
The trip was not approved by the Sports and Recreation Commission and the supreme sports body has demanded a full inquiry on who sanctioned the trip which saw Zimbabwe play Thailand, Syria and a Malaysian club. All member associations are supposed to be cleared by the SRC for any foreign trip. Zifa programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana, who travelled with the team, has already been suspended over the trip.
Former Zifa president Wellington Nyatanga, chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya and former board member Gladmore Muzambi are believed to have been questioned last week . Rushwaya is said to have produced evidence that she tried to stop the trip from going ahead.

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