Rusike, Mapemba pay Asiagate fines

CAPE TOWN – Ajax Cape Town forward Tafadzwa Rusike and Moroka Swallows defender Gilbert Mapemba have paid their fines of US$2 000 (R 17 148) each for their alleged involvement in the Zimbabwe “Asiagate” match-fixing scandal.

Report by Kick-Off

The duo, together with Democratic Republic of Congo-based winger Chris Samakweri, who also paid US$2 000, are part of the 16 players who had settled their dues by December 31 in a bid to escape sanctions from Zifa.

Rusike and Mapemba, who both made trips to Thailand and Malaysia while they were playing for Caps United, were slapped with a one-year ban, wholly suspended, on condition that a fine of US$2 000 was paid by December 31, 2012.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed the payments: “The three have paid, but what I can say for now is that an inventory of payments will be conducted and an official list released in due course which will also give direction as to what happens to those who failed to meet the deadline.”

Rusike, 23, is currently negotiating a contract extension at Ajax.

Zifa has raised close to US$35 000 to date from fines and appeal fees paid by players, administrators and other individuals involved in the Asiagate scandal.

Alleged mastermind of the scam and former Zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya has not appealed against a life ban imposed on her and 15 other players and officials.

Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro, who was handed a 10-year ban and Herald senior sports editor Robson Sharuko, who was slapped with a life ban, are the only two people who have appealed against the lengthy bans.

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