Hokonya approaches Fifa


The Central Region match-fixing scandal has attracted world football governing body Fifa.

The region’s suspended chairman Patrick Hokonya’s lawyers last Friday wrote to Fifa seeking the intervention of the Zurich-based body in the circus that has delayed the crowning of Central Region champions.

Although Hokonya yesterday denied approaching Fifa, NewsDay Sport is in possession of a leaked letter addressed to Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke by Hokonya’s representatives, Moyo and Nyoni Legal Practitioners, declaring his suspension as “void and unlawful”.

Hokonya was suspended from all Zifa activities together with his Southern Region counterpart Gift Banda during a stormy board meeting on December 8 last year after the two were fingered in the match-fixing scandal which has not only rocked the Central Region, but the entire football community.

Part of the letter read: “On December 8, 2011 our client was served with a notice that he had been suspended from his office in terms of Article 31.10 of your constitution which reads; “Members of the Zifa Board may provisionally suspend a member of their Board pending disciplinary hearings of the member so suspended within fourteen (14) days of the suspension.

“From the day our client was suspended to this day he has not been called to appear before any disciplinary board or tribunal in fact, no disciplinary board or tribunal has been constituted to hear the allegations against our client.

He has not been charged with any misconduct. The 14 days permitted by your constitution has expired. Your constitution does not permit our client’s continued suspension without a hearing.”