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Asiagate interviews begin

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The Justice Ahmed Ebrahim-led committee on Asiagate began the final lap to conclude the match fixing scandal yesterday morning, but will only meet the media on Sunday.

As reported by NewsDay Sport last Thursday, on the commencement of the final interviews, the committee has said they will only be able to release names and finer details after six days of intensive interviews.

Zifa communications manager Nicky Dhlamini confirmed the new date yesterday. About 99 players have been suspended to facilitate investigations and a huge chunk, coaches and administrators, have already been interviewed.

Fifa director of security Chris Eaton is also expected at the end of next month from South Africa to brief Zifa on his meetings with former chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya and other officials. And yesterday, Zifa inducted another committee to look into the match-fixing scandals that engulfed the Central Region last year.

The committee, which has three members, will use the report prepared by the Brighton Mudzamiri-led investigating team, which was tasked with finding the finer details of the scandal that saw the suspension of two Zifa board members last year.

Administrative Court president Selo Nare, lawyer, Zimbabwe Olympic Committee member and former Hockey Association of Zimbabwe (Haz) president Custom Kachambwa and former Zifa board member and Fifa instructor Gladmore Muzambi make up the committee. Speaking at the brief ceremony yesterday, acting Zifa president Ndumiso Gumede said the committee was expected to take reasonable time to finish the process.

He said: “There is no definite timeframe, but we believe they should be able to finish within a reasonable period. These gentlemen are distinguished sports administrators and we believe they will do a good job.

“Our president (Cuthbert Dube) has stated that the current administration will have zero tolerance on match fixing. But we must also admit at the same time that we do not have the ability to clean it up completely.”

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