Sundowns await Asiagate conclusion

HARARE - Mamelodi Sundowns are keenly following the last stages of the Asiagate match-fixing scandal in Zimbabwe that has sucked in two of their key players — Method Mwanjali and Nyasha Mushekwi.

The long-running scandal is now in its final phase, with Zimbabwe’s football authorities soon expected to deliver their judgement on players found guilty of accepting money to throw away matches involving the Zimbabwe national between 2007 and 2009.

Sundowns are not the only club being affected by the scandal, which could affect eight PSL clubs.

If found guilty, Mwanjali and Mushekwi might be handed heavy fines or international bans, together with Cuthbert Malajila (Maritzburg United), Jimmy Jambo, Kingston Nkhatha (both Kaizer Chiefs), Washington Arubi, Lionel Mutizwa (both University of Pretoria), Gilbert Mapemba (Moroka Swallows), Tafadzwa Rusike (Ajax Cape Town), Ramson Zhuwawo (AmaZulu), and Sunday Chidzambwa (Black Leopards coach).

Sundowns spokesperson Kabelo Mosito confirms with KickOff.com that the club will decide on a course of action once the results of the probe are made public.

“We are aware that we have a couple of players who have been implicated in the scandal,” said Mosito.

“I believe that we are close to the conclusion now. As a club, we will only make our position known once the results of the investigation have been made public. We are waiting for the process to runs its full course,” he added.

Mosito points out that Sundowns will also consult with PSL authorities on the way forward.

“The PSL and Safa are monitoring the developments in Zimbabwe so we will also work and discuss with them issues related to the scandal,” Mosito said.

A total of 33 out of the 99 players that were initially implicated in the scandal have been absolved of any wrongdoing.

Ajax midfielder Khama Billiat, Willard Katsande of Chiefs and Swallows’ Oscar Machapa are among the list of players who have been exonerated. — Kickoff.com


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