National soccer team captain and Mamelodi Sundowns player Method Mwanjali was on Wednesday quizzed over the unsanctioned trip to Asia in December last year.
Sources confirmed that the former Caps United utility man was probed by the Ndumiso Gumede-led team ahead of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia in Monrovia on Sunday.
Mwanjali was part of the team which left the country last night for the West African country aboard a chartered plane.
The Gumede team which also includes Elliot Kasu (board member finance), Benedict Moyo (competitions) and Methembe Ndlovu (development), seized the opportunity after Mwanjali was called up for national duty to quiz him as he was the skipper of the team which travelled to Asia.
But the timing for the questioning might affect the morale of the players ahead of the crucial match at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Monrovia.
A source said: “Method was quizzed by Gumede and company. They say this was their only opportunity to do so since they could not afford to fly to South Africa.
Method gave his evidence but I’m not sure what impact it might have on him. We hope the exercise will not affect the players.”
Apart from Mwanjali, players such as Highlanders defender Zephaniah Ngodzo and Dynamos midfielder Ashley Rambanapasi have appeared before the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) probe team.
The Asian trip probe was instituted by Zifa president Cuthbert Dube after the Sports Commission found the football governing body in breach of procedure for letting the team travel without the green light from the supreme national sports body.
All teams are required by law to report to the Sports Commission for clearance before undertaking any foreign trip.
Meanwhile, reports from Liberia said a number of their foreign-based players will be available for tomorrow’s clash.
They are captain Anthony Laffor (SuperSport, South Africa); Dioh Williams (Denmark’s AGF’s Aarhus); Francis “Grandpa” Doe (Al Ahly of Egypt); Isaac Pupo (Greek side Panionios) and Theo Weeks (Turkey’s Ankaragucu); Perry Kollie (Israel); Steven Mennoh (Indonesia’s Persipasi Bekasi); David Gbamie (formerly Bolton’s Romania) Patrick Doeplah (Israel’s Hapoel Kfa Saba); Sekou Jabateh Oliseh (Russia’s CSKA Moscow) and Amadia Rennie of Swedish club IF Elsfborg.
The Hungarian coach Bicskei got a boost ahead of the match with revelations that the European will get hefty allowances as part of his motivation.
Bicskei will earn $3 000 for home wins, $4 500 for away wins, $1 000 for home draws, and $2 000 for all away draws.
Bicskei will pocket $50 000 for qualifying for the Nations Cup finals and $150 000 for the World Cup finals.