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Former Kutama student spills the beans

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A former Kutama Boys’ High School student Tawanda Amos Mundicha has admitted he was part of the team that received $1 000 bribes from alleged match-fixers during their Under-20 trip to Sofia, Bulgaria in July 2009.

The former student made his written submissions to the Zifa investigating committee chaired by Ndumiso Gumede which also has Elliot Kasu, Benedict Moyo and Fungai Chihuri as members.

Mundicha wrote on April 13: “I am writing to tell that while I was a student at Kutama Boys’ High, I was called in to join the national Under-20 team to play a match.

“We played well except that we were asked to let in goals at intervals by our coaches. We were given money for that purpose like $1 000. Some players were given more, the senior players.”

Gumede’s team listed players, coaches and officials who were part of the trips and tabled the number of games they took part in during the Warriors’ and Young Warriors’ trips.

They have included 2008 Premiership champions Monomotapa’s trip of shame to Malaysia in July 2009 in the list.

Gumede and his team also made their recommendations while Sports and Recreation Commission director-general Charles Nhemachena on Tuesday said they will monitor Zifa to ensure that due process is followed and corrective measures taken.

•A disciplinary committee is to be established according to Fifa statutes — Fifa disciplinary code will be used

•Cases of criminal nature will be handed over to the law-enforcement arms of the country

•Assets acquired using proceeds from the games will be confiscated to the benefit of football development programmes

•Personnel that are not or were not under the jurisdiction of Zifa will be dealt with according to Fifa disciplinary code Article 62

•Those called to appear before the disciplinary committee and decide not to avail themselves then must be dealt with according to Fifa disciplinary code Article. 62

•Members of the investigating committee will be exempted from being members of the disciplinary committee

•Disciplinary committee will be composed of remaining members of the Zifa board except those implicated or fingered in the investigations.

•Kenny Marange, now the second vice-president of Zifa, and other referees involved should have their names cleared by the disciplinary committee

•Fifa disciplinary code Article. 62 must be applied but Zifa should be allowed discretional sentences on some instances

•All heads of departments who were in the know should face the ban and all technical teams personnel should be banned from football, ie those who participated in the Merdeka Cup, all Asian tournaments and Cecafa tournament.

•Corporate governance must be applied and practiced

•Each portfolio in the Zifa board must be allowed to function and be held accountable for the performance of its relevant areas of operation

•National teams must only participate in tournaments or matches where there are tangible developmental benefits ie if it is juniors and where there is real chance of excelling, when it is the senior teams

•Adequate resources must first be sourced and availed so that there are proper preparations done, allowances are available and incentives are given on time and the teams are well kitted to fly the Zimbabwe flag

•All national team matches must be sanctioned by the board member competitions so that there is accountability in the whole process. Shortcuts must not be entertained

•All those who participated in these games, actively or passively, did not inform Zifa officially of the evils they were committing ie being paid to lose and therefore must be sanctioned.

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