|Fifa, Zifa to meet over Asiagate|
|Thursday, 31 May 2012 00:00|
Petros Kausiyo Deputy Sports Editor
meeting also comes ahead of the resumption of hearings by the Independent Ethics Committee chaired by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Ahmed Ebrahim, which is expected to hear testimonies from South Africa-based players.
Zifa, however, believe that the information they will get from Fifa could also be key in the final phase of the long-dragging Asiagate chapter that has resulted in over 90 layers and officials being suspended from national teams duty.
African Football Association and wants the Zifa chief to link up with him during that period.
“I hope you can make the trip Jonathan. It will be good to catch up with you,'” wrote Steans.
Steans visited Zimbabwe last year in the company of outgoing Fifa head of security Chris Eaton, who is leaving the world soccer governing body to take up the pos of director of sport integrity at the International Centre for Sport Security.
However, the upcoming indaba between Steans and Mashingaidze appears to have given Zifa a new window of hope given that the association had also sought to meet with Eaton’s successor Ralf Mutschke and exchange notes with him.
“It’s a pity that Eaton didn’t avail himself to us but we wish him well in his new job.
“So we believe that Ralf will be able to see reason for recapitalizing since Fifa and Interpol have set aside funds for that. Even Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave us a round of applause for our efforts during the meeting in Hungary and noted that we had done well under very difficult circumstances.
The Zifa chief executive also urged South African and European-based players implicated in the Asiagate report to the association’s headquarters and “make arrangements to be interviewed by the Ebrahim committee”.
Mashingaidze said they had hoped to use the Safa offices in Johannesburg to have Ethics committee member Lewis Uriri conduct the interviews but a communication breakdown between the associations scuppered the move.
“We have also had players like Energy Murambadaro taking the initiative to come and make arrangements on his own and this commendable so everyone who is on the off-season break should use this period to come through so that the job is completed,” Mashingaidze said.
“What we are doing here if not for one or two individuals but for the image of our game and to restore its credibility and it should not be left to Zifa alone, everyone should join forces because who knows maybe tomorrow match-fixing will be in cricket or rugby,'”said Mashingaidze.