|Asiagate suspects named|
|Tuesday, 12 July 2011 02:00|
By Petros Kausiyo
Former Zifa president Wellington Nyatanga has also been fingered as being guilty by complicity in the match-fixing and betting scandal.
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Zifa vice president Ndumiso Gumede led the probe team, which also included board members - Elliot Kasu, Fungai Chihuri and Benedict Moyo.
Gumede's team also felt there was a pattern in the way the games were undertaken.
"All the personnel in particular the technical teams were into it a big way and they understood the rules of match-fixing very well and their benefits to them. It was by no fluke that someone travelled more than once to those games."
Gumede's team also listed the players, coaches and officials who were part of the trips and tabled the number of games they took part in during the Warriors and Young Warriors trips and also covered 2008 Premiership champions Monomotapa's farcical tour of Malaysia in July 2009.
Former national Under-17 coach Rodwell Dhlakama and Taurai Mangwiro were in charge of Monoz when they masqueraded as the Warriors during the club's tour of Malaysia.
Methembe Ndlovu, Motor Action coach Joey Antipas and Emmanuel Nyahuma.
Gumede's committee noted that Rushwaya, Shaba and Musavengana, who are alleged to have been working closely with a syndicate that involved Singapore national Wilson Raj Perumal, benefited financially from the games with each individual reportedly receiving varying amounts for their roles in arranging the games.
"This report must be read in conjunction with and as an addition to the two other reports previously released by the committee set up by the Zifa board to investigate the trip taken by the national team (to Thailand) in December 2009.
"The trip was not sanctioned by Zifa or by the Sport and Recreation Commission. As seen in the previous reports, the evidence that games were fixed or thrown was overwhelmingly demonstrated in the submissions of those willing to divulge information relating to the matter. From these reports it became evident that the practice of match-fixing had started a long time ago hence the need to investigate backwards.
"The committee had to rely heavily on other sources including archival material from the Press, travel manifests from the Civil Aviation and some officials who had maintained private copies of the delegations that they had been involved with.
In their findings, Gumede's team felt that on most occasions the players, coaches and officials knew about the match-fixing and betting schemes before the Warriors went into battle.
"A Zifa junior staffer Harry Taruva was also used by the CEO. The CEO received huge payouts because if for each game match agents paid between US$30 000-50 000 then you look at the number that we played (x15 matches at least).
"The Zifa president was the biggest let down as he encouraged this practice by being a recipient of loots of evils from the Merdeka Cup.
The committee also questioned the frequent short notices that were given whenever players travelling for the matches were called up for national duty with the Warriors rarely going into camp ahead of such games.
"The call up of coaches at short notice with no input on what players were to form their teams and with no meaningful practice would indicate that these coaches and their technical support staff were willing participants.
"The Zifa board was a big disappointment as they watched the fiasco emerge, grow and mature under their noses with some being beneficiaries. A Fifa official described them as being answerable to the CEO instead of the CEO being answerable to them. This ineptitude led to some board members relinquishing their functions to the CEO e.g. appointment of coaches and technical staff, competition relevance and approval.
"All Zifa staff could have benefited from the scam if they received any monies over and above their meagre salaries at odd times immediately after the trip.
"The discrepancies of what amounts were paid are an indication that there were some favoured recipients and may also be an indication that in retrospect people have decided to connive but in the process being let down by those who have divulged the truth and the whole truth.
But it is Rushwaya who the committee claimed was the centre of the scam and the probe team indicated that they had found that:
Players, in particular, were afraid to cross her path and amazingly board members also felt intimidated by her
A fee would then be paid to the Supporters Association senior members. The distribution of such funds was not divulged to the investigating committee,'' read part of the report.