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Rahman still in charge

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Rahman Gumbo will remain Warriors head coach, the Zifa Board resolved last night.

Gumbo replaced Norman Mapeza who is still to clear himself before a Justice Ahmed Ebrahim-led committee on allegations of match-fixing.

Gumbo was in charge of the Warriors when they lost 2-1 to Burundi in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations first leg qualifier on February 29 and will now take charge of the return leg in June at Rufaro Stadium.

Last week, Zifa had given the clearest indication that their marriage with Mapeza is frozen until he clears himself before the Ebrahim committee.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said last night: “The status quo for the national team remains the same. Rahman Gumbo is still in charge together with his entire technical team.

“We cannot talk about Norman Mapeza for now because he still has issues with the (Justice) Ebrahim committee. On Asiagate, the board took the position that people have to make themselves available before that committee and to those who cannot, tough luck. “We as Zifa are pursuing the football side of this and we will apply the Fifa statutes while the criminal element will be left to the law enforcement agents.

“On the local match-fixing front (Centralgate), the board gave its full support to the Brighton Mudzamiri committee and agreed that they should thoroughly investigate the allegations. Once complete, hearings will be convened for the three suspended members.” Central Region boss Patrick Hokonya, Southern Region chairman Gift Banda and women football secretary-general Samukeliso Silengane were suspended by the national association for their alleged involvement in match-fixing.

The meeting was chaired by Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and all board members, save for Benedict Moyo and Mavis Gumbo, who are in Nigeria with the Young Mighty Warriors for a World Cup qualifier.

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