Sweswe launches Asiagate appeal

JOHANNESBURG — BIDVEST Wits defender Thomas Sweswe has begun the process of appealing against the life ban handed down to him by the Zimbabwe Football Association, his club’s chief executive officer Jose Ferreira said.

Report by Reuters

Zimbabwe has established an appeal panel to hear bids from 15 officials, coaches, journalists and players, all handed life bans for their roles in match-fixing involving Zimbabwe’s national team tours to Asia.

This number includes Sunday Chidzambwa — up until a few weeks ago the coach of Black Leopards — and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Method Mwanjali. Former Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro has already paid his fees and his case is set to be first to be heard.

But the long-winded process has taken another turn with a court challenge to get Zifa to reduce the $6 000 (R53 000) fee it is demanding before hearing any appeal.

The appeals committee is composed of advocates Silas Chekera, Thabani Mpofu and veteran football administrator Chris Mbanga.

Ferreira said Sweswe has begun the process, but is still waiting for a copy of the judgment against him and a transcript of the disciplinary proceedings. This has yet to be sent by Zifa.

Chidzambwa begun a High Court process in Harare last month to overturn his ban, but was quickly rebuked by Fifa, which warned him not to use outside channels to seek to overturn his ban, but to follow the correct football procedures: to appeal and, if unsuccessful, to then seek arbitration.

Wits said they have been communicating with Fifa throughout the process to seek clarity on a number of issues including the appeals fee.

Fifa, though, has remained steadfast that local channels should be exhausted first before any appeal with their judicial bodies.

Fifa is still investigating the process Zifa followed to impose bans.

If satisfied, the governing body is expected to extend the sanctions worldwide, which will stop Sweswe and Mwanjali from competing in the Premier Soccer League and Chidzambwa from continuing in his post as technical director at Leopards.

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9 Comments

  1. zifa irikuda kubatira vanhu on baseless accusations

    1. The accusations are not without foundation. Only the process lacked wit ans professionalism. Zifa does not have the capacity to solve this matter but mari vakomana vakapiwa that is why munhu akavapa ari mujeri. I suspect pane vamwe vakapiwa mari who escaped but then vamwewo vakangobatanidzirwa through only hearsay. Its just like ZRP which puts the burden of proof on musungwa rather than investigate first, gather proof and then charge. Its in our society really!

  2. Nelson Maningindaba

    hapa kuti baseless apa, he participated in scandalous matches that killed Zim soccer, they all deserve what they got. ZIFA should infact increase appeal fees.

  3. nehanda nyakasikana

    somebody is killing our football in the name of asia gate, stop it its a waste of time and resources, give them good monies, crying ourbeloved warriors. pliz when are the next zifa elections this current board has failed us big time

  4. Appeals fines are too low for these corrupt people and their descendants. Up them! shaya ngewaya!

  5. Please ZIFA increase the appeal fee to 15000 or 20000, chavakadya chinofanirwa kupfuka vanhu ava ,,, vakatirwadzisa kakawanda ……vachida kuita zvido zvehomwe dzavo..

  6. So Parrafin you reason like that drama parrafin? Hwange paid $2,300-00 for their appeal case to be heard. Now an individual is asked to pay $6,000-00(more than twice as much) and Parrafin sees sense in that. Appeal do not have to be set in a way designed to quash an would be appelants.Ndazoziva uri Parrafin chaiye.

    1. whilst these officials and players erred in what they did, they shouldn’t be denied a chance to be heard. If ZIFA’s intentions are pure there should be no charge for the appeal and the football body must meet all expenses. The punitive charges are akin to autocracy and must not be allowed to prevail. It would seem like the football body is trying to cover up for something. let these people be heard.

  7. let them be heard, yes i agree. but my bro to say appeals to be heard at no cost I think you have lost it. to say zifa should foot the bill from whose resources.
    i dnt think you mean the same resources meant to develop new talent in this country.
    lost it my bro. akwenzi!!!!

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