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Sweswe appeal case heard

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THE Zifa Special Appeals Committee headed by advocate Silas Chekera sat in Harare yesterday to hear the case of Bidvest Wits defender Thomas Sweswe for alleged match-fixing.

REPORT BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Sweswe did not attend the hearing with his lawyer representing him.

The hearing started in the morning with Sweswe and Zifa’s lawyers making their submissions, but was adjourned before it resumed at 3.30pm.

Although the appeal case was heard, the appeals committee is still to make a determination on the case.

Zifa established an appeal panel to hear bids from players and officials handed bans for their roles in the match-fixing involving Zimbabwe’s national team tours to Asia.

The number includes former Warriors and Black Leopards coach Sunday Chidzambwa and former Warriors captain defender Method Mwanjali.

The appeals committee will today sit to hear Mwanjali’s appeal. Others have since been slapped with fines which they have paid and have now resumed their football careers.

The appeals committee is also composed of advocate Thabani Mpofu and veteran football administrator Chris Mbanga.Once the results of the appeals have been released, Zifa is expected to send the same to Fifa, who have requested further documentation before any final decision is made.

Fifa have also requested further information for the following 20 individuals: former Zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya, former Zifa programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana, Sunday Chidzambwa, Mwanjali, Sweswe, Darryl Nyandoro, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Edmore Sibanda, former board members Methembe Ndlovu and Solomon Mugavazi, Kudzi Shaba, Bekithemba Ndlovu, Rodwell Dhlakama, Emmanuel Nyahuma, Clayton Munemo, Godfrey Japajapa, Danisa Phiri, Thomson Matenda, Zenzo Moyo and Hope Chizuzu.

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