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Supporters’ union summoned

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Members of the Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters’ Association (ZNSSA) are set to appear before a Parliamentary Committee Portfolio on Education, Sport, Arts and Culture tomorrow to give information relating to Asiagate.

Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma last month wrote to ZNSSA president Eddie Nyatanga informing him of the meeting.

“The above-mentioned committee is inviting you to a meeting on Thursday April 5 2012 at 11:30am, in Committee Room No4, Fifth Floor Parliament Building. The purpose of the meeting is for you to brief the committee on the administration of soccer in Zimbabwe and issues surrounding the Asiagate scandal,” read part of the letter dated March 23 2012.

In reaction, the ZNSSA, which has been very vocal in calling for the conclusion of the biggest football scandal to have rocked the country, sent a circular to their provincial offices to submit information they might have on Asiagate.

Last week, a group of soccer fans converged in Mbare where they crafted a petition that called for a conclusion to the Asiagate saga and called for the alleged chief architect of the match-fixing scandal, former Zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya, to face justice.

Zifa has already appeared before the committee where the association vice-president Ndumiso Gumede appealed to Parliament for protection against interference and threats by alleged culprits.
Other stakeholders like the Premier Soccer League, referees and coaches have also appeared before the committee.

Gumede told Parliament the Asiagate hearings, being conducted by an independent Ethics Committee led by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Ahmed Ebrahim, were 90% through.

The former Highlanders chairman led an internal Zifa probe team which last year unearthed evidence local players and officials were paid huge sums of money by an Asian betting syndicate to play to fixed scores.

The probe team produced a damning 162-page report that implicated several players, referees, Zifa officials, journalists and coaches. Following the publication of the report, Gumede and other Zifa board members, Elliot Kasu, Benedict Moyo and Fungai Chihuri, allegedly received threats of unspecified action.

Harare supporters have been advised to contact Wellington Mupandare to make arrangements.

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