Zifa spares Nyoni over Asiagate

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The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has not suspended Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches’ Association (Zisca) chairman Bhekimpilo Nyoni despite the fact the BN Academy boss was fingered in the Asiagate scandal.

Nyoni travelled to Kenya as head of delegation (HoD) for Zimbabwe in the Cecafa tournament in Kenya, one of the trips investigated under the Asiagate, but never appeared before the Zifa investigations committee.

The same Cecafa tournament claimed the scalp of national team coach Norman Mapeza. Mapeza has since been replaced on a temporary basis by FC Platinum coach Rahman Gumbo while he awaits Zifa to clear him from any wrong doing.

About 99 players have been banned from the national team while they wait to be cleared by the Ethics Committee instituted by Zifa.

The Zifa investigations committee was chaired by Ndumiso Gumede and had Elliot Kasu, Benedict Moyo and Fungai Chihuri as members.

While some other HoDs, including those who supervised a single match, were called to appear before the Gumede committee, Nyoni was never asked to do the same, something the secretary of the committee, Moyo, admitted was an “error” last year.

Among the HoDs who testified are Godfrey Japajapa, who presided over the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia in 2007, and Zifa councillors only named as Makuvaro (China) and Mukweva (Bulgaria), but suspiciously Nyoni was left out.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze yesterday said: “A statement will be made with regards to that issue, but I can refer you to Gumede with regards to the Nyoni issue.”

Gumede’s mobile went unanswered for the better part of the day yesterday.

But Moyo last year said: “I agree with NewsDay that Nyoni was supposed to appear before us, but there was an error. It was not by design that he was left out. It was an oversight. In any report you miss one or two things, but I must say he should have been there.”