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Sweswe denies allegations


Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs defender Thomas Sweswe says he did not make the 15 trips alleged to have been undertaken by the senior national team to Asia since 2007 which are being investigated as part of an alleged match-fixing scandal.

Zifa has released the second part of the report which alleges that players, officials and journalists connived on the Asian trips to fix the results of the games in return for handsome payments.

Players were allegedly paid between $1 500 and $2 000 to lose matches, while the technical team allegedly got between $7 000 and $9 000.

The cash was collected at the hotels late at night and any outstanding amounts was to be routed through a Johannesburg account, the committee alleged.

Sweswe is one of the many foreign-based players accused of being hyper-active in the scam, but has refuted all the allegations in the document.

“I did not to other countries I am said I went to. Remember I came here (South Africa) in 2009 in June when I joined Chiefs. I don’t know but will just wait to hear what they say since I have been loyal and I play for the national team with pride,” he said.

Sweswe was on his way to Polokwane yesterday morning for the opening Vodacom Challenge match against English Premiership giants Tottenham Hotspur set for today.

According to the report, Sweswe travelled to the Merdeka Cup in 2007 in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Finland, Indonesia, Vietnam and Jordan, bringing the total to nine, instead of 14 mentioned elsewhere in the report.

Another player, Mamelodi Sundowns striker Nyasha Mushekwi has already denied allegations that he took money on the trips, although, ironically his name does not appear on the latest report compiled by a Zifa investigating committee chaired by Ndumiso Gumede.

The other three members of the committee are Elliot Kasu, Benedict Moyo and Fungai Chihuri, who was part of the old board led by Wellington Nyatanga.

Several other fingered officials, former coach Sunday Chidzambwa, Fifa registered player agent Kudzi Shaba and former Premier Soccer League fixtures secretary Godfrey Japajapa and journalist Hope Chizuzu have dismissed the contents of the interviews.

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