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Asia probe….. . . Musavengana goes home


The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has suspended their programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana again.

Musavengana, who received visiting Algerian side Entente Setif for the Africa Champions League clash against Dynamos Thursday afternoon, was later shown the door.

According to documents in possession of NewsDay, Musavengana’s re-suspension follows “allegations of misconduct bordering on criminality.”

The letter which was signed by the acting Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze cites the following reasons as the main reasons for the suspension:

“(a) travelled to Asia with the Zimbabwe national soccer team in flagrant defiance of a Zifa assembly and board resolution not to travel. This was done without clearance from the Sports and Recreation Commission.

(b) Interfered and continue to interfere with investigations into the Asia trip,” reads part of the document.

The letter further reads that as conditions for the suspension Musavengana “shall not be permitted to visit the Zifa offices or interfere with investigations and witnesses more particularly, but not limited to Zifa employees and national team players.”

Musavengana becomes the third Zifa employee to be on the sidelines after chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya and marketing officer Harry Taruva.

According to the Zifa president Cuthbert Dube, the decision to suspend Rushwaya was necessitated by acts of mismanagement, and serious irregularities surrounding the national team’s trip to Asia in December 2009.

Taruva’s charges were “(a) Converted Zifa accreditation cards funds into your own use, (b) Made irresponsible statements in your capacity as the Youth Olympic Manager, (b) Interfered and continue to interfere with investigations into the Asia trip.”

The committee looking into the December 29 trip to Asia is headed by first vice president Ndumiso Gumede and is expected to hand in their first report to the SRC on August 29.

The Zifa General Assembly meeting will take place on the same day.

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