Mwanjali cleared for Sundowns’ Zimbabwe tour

BANNED Warriors defender Method Mwanjali will feature for Mamelodi Sundowns when the South African giants tour Zimbabwe for three matches next week, Zifa has confirmed.

REPORT BY HENRY MHARA SPORTS REPORTER

The Absa Premiership side are set to arrive in the country early next week for a series of friendlies.

They will begin their tour with a clash with Highlanders at Barbourfields next Wednesday before travelling to the capital to face Caps United at Gwanzura Stadium two days later.

The Brazilians will conclude their five-day tour with a match against league champions Dynamos the following Sunday.

Mwanjali and 14 others were last year slapped with life bans over their alleged involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal. Most of them, including Mwanjali, have appealed against the ruling.

Zifa vice-president Ndumiso Gumede yesterday cleared the air on the former Warriors captain saying he will be allowed to take part in the three matches.

“We as Zifa cleared Mwanjali with the South African Football Association (Safa) for them to register him with his team (Mamelodi Sundowns) so as far as we are concerned he is free as to play in the said matches,” said Gumede.

“He will continue to play for Sundowns or any other team outside the country until such a time when Fifa uphold our recommendations.

“He can play for Sundowns anywhere including in Zimbabwe but he cannot play for any club in Zimbabwe and cannot be selected to play for our national team until his case is finalised,” added Gumede.

Earlier this week, Sundowns promised that they would send a very strong side for the tour as the team prepares for the second half of their league which is expected to resume after the ongoing Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

The revelations by Zifa come a few days after Sundowns confirmed that they are extending Mwanjali’s contract.

His contract is expected to expire at the end of June but the mega rich club has assured the former Caps United player that his services are still needed.

“We will renew Method’s contract.

“He is in the coach’s plans and we have to keep him at the team. He won’t be going anywhere as he has shown that he still wants to play for Sundowns and that Sundowns still want to have him,” Sundowns technical director Trot Moloto told the South African media on Tuesday.

Kick Off reported yesterday that a clause will be inserted in his new deal where the contract will be terminated if the ban is upheld.

His stay, though, will depend on the outcome of the Asiagate appeal case which, if he loses, he will be banned from football activities for life.

Mwanjali was used sparingly by fired Johan Neeskens, but has been prominently used since the arrival of new coach Pitso Mosimane.

Mamelodi Sundowns are also home to other two Zimbabweans Esrom Nyandoro and Nyasha Mushekwi while Lionel Mtizwa is on loan to fellow Absa Premiership side Pretoria University.

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11 Comments

  1. The so-called asiagate is one big yawn because the people who organised and co-ordinated all the asiagate matches are free and are enjoying their ill-gotten riches whilst the poor players and coaches who victims of circumstances suffer. Lately we hear that someone voted on Ballon oDor and as usual its the poor coaches who are implicated. Zifa, especially Mashingaidze must be ashamed of themselves.

  2. Zifa has once against proved to be useless. These players were manipulated and manhandled by the previous administrators, and now they are being terorrized and traumatized by the current administration. Their crime: They are good and talented footballers. Cuthbert Dube and his administration must find other means of fixing former administrators instead of venting their anger on innocent souls. May all football fans across the country pray and fast so that Fifa reverses with costs these bans. Mr Coltart you need to expemd more energy to soccer than cricket. Ku Cricket all problems are gone but kuZifa hiiiii hudofo hwacho hwakanyanya.

  3. @BaZim1 These guys are not innocent. Why did they took the money for match fixing.

    1. @Understand, there wasn’t a clear and systematic application of the law and of course the sanctions!

  4. They are not innocent but do the humane thing and grant them pardons. Soccer is their livelihood and there is a lot in mitigation for their actions. The matches were not even important to begin with.

  5. we dont want sell-outs guys. its straight forward guys lets not look at who took the decision to investigate match fixing. the whole thing is about who participated. our national flag, our beloved flag. sell outs must not be anywhere near B/F.

  6. Vanotamba havo kuNSS nekuRufaro vorambidzwa kuB/F zvaurikuda.

  7. Zvinhu zvanga zvakaoma paya amana,and bsides they cld Travel vasingazive kuti game rakatengeswa only 2 b told mave kutanga kutamba without room for xcuse,coz match Fixers are criminals ukakura musoro Henrieta abvuma unofira mahara

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