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Asia probe report lacks detail—SRC

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The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has thrown back the Asia probe report to the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) arguing that it needed a detailed version of the investigations and not the abridged document the probe team submitted last month.

The probe team is now expected to present a full report to the supreme sports body on September 10.

SRC director-general Charles Nhemachena said they needed details to reach a decision on some of the issues contained in the report.

The SRC, chaired by Bulawayo lawyer Joseph James, has a scheduled board meeting on September 20.

The probe team is led by Zifa vice-chairperson Ndumiso Gumede and includes Elliot Kasu (board member finance), Benedict Moyo (competitions) and Methembe Ndlovu (development).

The Asian trip probe was instituted by Zifa president Cuthbert Dube after the SRC found Zifa in breach of procedure for letting the team travel without clearance from the SRC.

The trip saw Zimbabwe play Thailand, Syria and a Malaysian club. All teams are required by law to report to the SRC for clearance before undertaking any foreign trip.

There are allegations that the Warriors were engaged by betting syndicates, hence the probe by the Zifa board. Zifa programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana, marketing officer Harry Taruva and chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya have since been suspended over the trip and other allegations.

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.

Several players and officials, including assistant coach Joey Antipas, former Zifa president Wellington Nyatanga, captain Method Mwanjali, Zephaniah Ngodzo and Ashley Rambanapasi, have been interviewed in connection with the trip.

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