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    Asiagate suspensions lifted too soon - Dube






    NKULUMANI MLAMBO

    MASVINGO
    - Former Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Dr Cuthbert Dube has said the current leadership acted too soon in lifting the suspensions and bans imposed on Asiagate culprits.
    And indeed the same culprits immediately came back to haunt the Philip Chiyangwa-led executive.
    Dr Dube was speaking in an interview with The Mirror after being asked to comment on the match fixing scandal that is rocking regional football again.
    Former Zifa chief executive officer Henrieta Rushwaya player agent and ex-Ajax Cape Town player Edzai Kasinauyo, player agent Kudzi Shaba, former Zifa programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana, former Warriors coach and ex-Hwange coach Nation Dube allegedly attempted to manipulate the outcome of the Afcon Warriors qualifiers against Swaziland.
    They were charged and Kasinauyo was immediately fired from the Zifa board by Phillip Chiyangwa, some have responded to the charges but others like Rushwaya have ignored the process.
    The hearing of the cases have already started with Nation Dube appearing on Saturday last week.
    Kasinauyo decided to take it up with the courts and his matter was dismissed as not urgent therefore, it will follow normal procedure.
    Dube fought fierce battles with the alleged match fixers which saw him under immense attack from the State media, some of whose journalists were fingered in match fixing scandals.
    Analysts said it was obvious that one of the reasons why Dube was kicked out of office was because the State media had ferociously attacked him for unearthing a scandal that roped in some of its journalists.
    "The acted too soon and unfortunately it has backfired. When I spent four years trying to clean up the messy at Zifa some thought I had personal vendettas against some individuals yet that was not the case, in fact some of those implicated I did not even know them personally," said the Harare based business executive.
    When contacted for a comment Itai Ndudzo, the Zifa lawyer said FIFA concluded the Asiagate matter in 2012 when they said ZIFA failed to adhere to its constitution when determining the cases.
    "Note that FIFA conclusively determined the issue in 2012 as ZIFA did not follow its statutes in banning and suspending the concerned individuals as they put in place the Ibrahim Commission which is not in the ZIFA constitution, hence the bans were of no force at law.
    "All what the new board did was to nullify the bans and suspensions in line with 2012 FIFA directive. The new board is starting the whole process afresh and you will find others being charged with both the Asiagate and Limpopogate," Ndudzo said.sport news
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