ZIFA have pronounced sanctions for the remaining individuals found guilty of match-fixing by the Independent Disciplinary Committee led by retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Ahmed Ebrahim with all players having their sentences wholly suspended on condition they payed a prescribed fine.
REPORT BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
Some individuals, however, received effective bans and wholly suspended sentences. It is however, players like Lionel Mtizwa who appear to have been hit hardest as he has to pay a hefty fine of $7 000 for the trips he made to the Merdeka Cup, Vietnam and the CECAFA tournament in Kenya.
Former Warriors coach Norman Mapeza received an effective six-month ban, while Mamelodi Sundowns striker Nyasha Mushekwi and former Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi had their one-year bans wholly suspended. Zifa, who have already handed life bans to 15 officials and players found guilty of taking part in the scam, said in a statement the sentences were with effect from the date of pronouncement and that all those who intended to appeal against the decision could do so by filing notices of appeal and paying an appeal fee of $6 000 by tomorrow.
“Zifa would like to confirm the Asiagate scandal’s final pronouncements in terms of the fate of players and officials who were allegedly involved in the match fixing and illegal betting scandal involving Zimbabwe’s teams. The sentences are with effect from the date of pronouncement.
Some players and officials received the following bans:
- Wholly suspended sentences
- Wholly suspended sentences on condition that one pays a prescribed fine.
- Effective bans
“Players and officials who may want to appeal against the decision of the Zifa Independent Disciplinary Ad Hoc Committee may do so by filing their Notices of Appeal and paying the appeal fee of six thousand dollars ($6 000) through the Secretariat by no later than Thursday 30th November 2012.”