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Zifa general assembly ignores Asia probe

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The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will not discuss the much-hyped December 29 Asia trip when the football governing body convenes its general assembly in the capital Saturday.

There was no mention of the item on the agenda provided by acting chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze Friday.

The Asian trip probe was instituted after the Sports and Recreation Commission found (SRC) Zifa offside for sending a team outside the country without their express authority.

According to the law, every team must alert the SRC to get the green light to travel outside the country.

Veteran administrator and Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede is leading a four- men investigation team set up by Zifa president Cuthbert Dube that includes Benedict Moyo (board member competitions), Methembe Ndlovu (development) and Elliot Kasu (finance).

The probe, according to Gumede, unearthed a match-fixing and betting scandal by the senior national team when they travelled to Malaysia and Syria.

Warriors players were allegedly paid $1 000 each to throw away matches. Zifa have since suspended chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya, programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana and marketing officer Harry Taruva over the allegations.

The Gumede team has since submitted their findings to the SRC but the document is yet to be made public.

Gumede has ruled out any punishment for the Warriors who were part of the trip insisting that they wanted to discipline the organisers of the trip.

The indaba in Harare will see Dube give his report and it is expected that former president Wellington Nyatanga’s report for 2006-2010 will be tabled.

The 2010 Zifa budget is expected to be brought to the assembly.

The budget is expected to cater for the senior national soccer team coach’s travels around the country as he scouts for talent.

There has been a tendency by national team coaches to wait for players to come to Harare for their matches.

Only the late Reinhard Fabisch used to travel to various stadia, even during the teams’ training sessions, to assess players.

Another major highlight of the meeting will be the appointment of independent auditors because Zifa has in the past failed to produce sporadic audited accounts in time.

The assembly will be attended by area and district officials, junior and women football representatives, the referees committee and the Premier Soccer League, who form the general council.

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