|Zifa accuse Musona|
|Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:00|
Petros Kausiyo and Eddie Chikamhi
Zifa accuse Rushwaya and the association’s former programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana of being the masterminds of Asiagate.
“During lunch we were tipped by our security team that is on the ground that some of our players were seen entering and later leaving premises of people who were heavily involved in Asiagate.
“We have alerted the technical team and it is now up to them to decide on how they handle the matter but clearly there are a lot of machinations against the national team and this is the work of the third force that we have been talking about.
The Zifa chief executive also said they had received reports of an alleged plan to have a militant section of the fans coming to cause mayhem against Burundi.
“We have also since alerted the police about all this and we are beefing up security around the Warriors,’’ Mashingaidze said.
Karuru had to be substituted early into the second half after coming worse off from the challenge of a Mozambican opponent with Dynamos midfielder Denver Mukamba coming in for him in the 53rd minute.
That was not before the US Boulogne forward had missed a golden opportunity to put the Warriors ahead in the 42nd minute when he opted to pass despite being clear on goal.
Karuru watched the remainder of the match clutching an ice pack around his ribs after being stretchered off the pitch.
Munyonga said Karuru would need at least two weeks to recover while the Warriors team doctor remained optimistic about Musona’s chances of shaking off the knock and featuring in the tie against Burundi.
Musona scored in the 2-1 first leg defeat in Bujumbura, just hours after touching down in Burundi and his goal has left the Warriors hopeful that even a 1-0 win would do as the away goals rule would come into play.
While there are strong chances over Musona’s availability, it is Karuru, who for the second time would have to miss the clash between the Warriors and Burundi.
“He has a crack on his sixth rib and obviously it needs a minimum of two weeks to heal so Ovidy is definitely out for this game. Musona picked an ankle injury which are monitoring after taking him for a scan and there are chances that he can recover in time for the game.
“Willard Katsande also received a knock which we, however, felt did not warrant a further investigation through a scan although we are monitoring him.
The caretaker coach has already drafted last season’s Golden Boot winner, Roderick Mutuma, into the squad ahead of the game against Burundi on Sunday.
He is expected back in camp this afternoon.
Ndlovu yesterday said they needed to look at more options after his side failed to score in the opening two World Cup qualifiers against Guinea and Mozambique despite creating some chances and getting into scoring positions.
He said Mutuma, who finished Top Goal Scorer last season with 14 goals, was the natural choice to join DeMbare teammate Takesure Chinyama, Terrence Mandaza and Musona.
“I always believe that the top goal scorer should be in the national team and others should be there to complement him. That is my philosophy,” said Ndlovu.
Meanwhile, Zifa chief executive Mashingaidze is optimistic the Asiagate Independent Ethics committee would this week be able to finalise their interviews with the foreign-based players who were implicated in the scam.
Mashingaidze said yesterday they had invited all foreign-based players, who are still to be interviewed by the Justice Ebrahim committee, to converge at the Zifa headquarters this morning.
“As you know we would want to bring a close to this matter so that those who will be cleared can move on with their careers and become available for national duties again,’’ Mashingaidze said.