Asiagate: Woes for Marange

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) insist suspended vice-president Kenny Marange has a case to answer even if the Ethics Committee led by Retired judge Justice Ahmed Ebrahim observed that they could “make no findings against” Marange and three other referees.

REPORT BY SIMBA RUSHWAYA GROUP SPORTS EDITOR

In report dated October 11 2012 titled “Asiagate Report”, the Ebrahim Commission document says on page 124: “We can make no findings against referees Cosmas Nyoni, Christopher Manuel, Kenny Marange and Masimba Chihowa.”

But speaking from his “rural” home yesterday, Zifa vice-president Ndumiso Gumede said the former match officials were not yet off the hook.

“If you read that report carefully, you will realise that they said they did not complete all their investigations. In that regard investigations are continuing. They (committee) said they wanted time to investigate more. Did they mention Nyatanga (Wellington — former Zifa president) in their report?” asked Gumede.

Asked if Zifa was now going against the recommendations of its own independent body, Gumede hung up his phone.

Marange said he would enquire with Zifa before making the next step. Marange, Chihowa, Nyoni and Manuel are being accused of travelling to Asia to officiate matches without following proper procedures.

But in his defence, Marange, who was then a practicing referee, argued that his appointments were above board because he took part in the trips after being seconded by Zifa and the then Zifa Referees’ Committee chairman Gladmore Muzambi.

Marange was the man in the middle in the match pitting hosts Bahrain and Kenya at Bahrain National Stadium on August 26 2009 and was being assisted by Chihowa and Nyoni. The Mutare-based official would again take charge of another match between Bahrain and Togo on November 2 2009.

On both occasions, Marange alleged, they were getting the greenlight from Zifa and Muzambi.

The football governing body recently appeared to have concluded Asiagate investigations after fining most of the players implicated.

Earlier on, they had banned players and officials for life, among them, former Zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya, ex-Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa, Guthrie Zhokinyi of Dynamos and South Africa-based Method Mwanjali, for being the alleged masterminds of match-fixing and betting in Asia.

13 Comments

  1. he better be there (Rural home) for good , we don’t want thieves to run our football in Zimbabwe. Vakakwata pakadomwa mapolitical heavy weights, vachakwata futi manje manje regai muone.

    1. Nothing wrong with being rural, actually Gumede resides in a very nice house in Inyathi. i dont see why this is under discussion. Lets give the man a break so that he does his job well. Tenda’s tone suggests that he could have benefited from the corrupt practices that have soiled the whole country regardless of tribe. Hope your comment is not a reflection of what is happening in your mind because i recommend a strong dose of CPZ for your own protection.

  2. i find it diabolical fo ZIFA to go against the recommendations of the Indipendent Committee theyt appointed. This just shows tht theAsiagate is nothing but the pursuit to settle old scores.

  3. This Zimbabwe Ignorant Football Administrators (zifa) thing must all leave office.they hv messed up our beautiful game.

  4. Khulu/Sekuru (Bambo)

    Lest we stray. The Ethics Committee led by Retired judge Justice Ahmed Ebrahim after their findings, RECOMMENDED to Zifa. Yes, they just that: RECOMMENDATIONS. The Committee does not have the mandate to judge and sentence. Their recommendations can either be taken aboard or thrown out, its entirely up to their principal, Zifa, who appointed them in the first place.

  5. I used to respect and admire Gumede as one of the best football administrators but I was wrong. Thanks to this Asiagate. i have come to release that he is so selfish and arrogant. ZIFA was right when they fired him. Now is he trying to settle old scores together with Moyo. I bet my last dollar Asiagate will come back to haunt some of these people. Yes people got money from fixing games but the way the whole issue was handled leaves a lot to be desired. I am watching as the drama unfold. Attention was shifted from ZIFA’s failure assist the team to qualify for the Africa Cup Of nations to Asiagate. 2013 will come and we will see how you perform

    1. the gud thing is that u acknowledge money exchanged hands. then where are losing it.

      1. The bottom line is vakomana vakatengesa nyika ava, period.

  6. leave marange alone.he has been cleared,hasnt he? Gumede,kana uine chigumbu na Marange, dont use asiagate to settle it.

  7. Lets look at the crimes they committed and nt the tribes of the men who unearthed the scam.I think you are being very irresponsible.

    Gumede continue with the good work lets remove the criminals in our football and send a correct message to those who want commit the same crimes.

    1. True my brother. Let the administrators do their work without us tribalising and thretening them. Thumbs up Gumede.

  8. The bottom line is vakomana vakatengesa nyika ava, period.

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