Set me free — Mapeza

HARARE - Suspended Zimbabwe football coach Norman Mapeza has pleaded with the Asiagate Ethics Committee, led by Retired Supreme Court judge Ahmed Ebrahim, to conclude its investigation so that he can get on with his life.

Mapeza was suspended in February this year alongside over 100 players implicated in the Asiagate scam.

The scandal involved Zimbabwean players and officials allegedly receiving sums of money between 2007 and 2009 from an illegal Asian betting syndicate to lose several invitational matches in the Far East by predetermined scores for betting purposes.

Mapeza, who still has a running contract with Zifa, is frustrated by the delay in concluding the matter.
His suspension and concurring running contract with Zifa has reportedly foiled Mapeza’s job offers from FC Platinum and CAPS United.

Speaking as a guest on SuperSport’s Soccer Africa show, broadcasted from Harare’s National Sports Stadium on Thursday, Mapeza urged the Ethics Committee to hastily finalise the probe so that the close to 100 individuals can get on with their lives.

“I can not move to any other club or do anything as I still have a running contract with Zifa,” Mapeza said.

“I hope they finalise this thing as soon as possible because I just want to get on with my life.”
The former Warriors midfielder narrated how he was caught up in the mass suspensions earlier this year.
“I was in Kenya for the Cecafa tournament,” he said.

“I have never been to Asia neither have I been to Malaysia, but surprisingly this is what happened.  
The administrators (Zifa) said those guys (Asian betting syndicates) were there (and infiltrated the team) so I have been suspended for about eight months now without pay.”

The former Monomotapa championship-winning coach said he had no clue when the Asiagate scam will be concluded.

I do not know when it’s going to be finalised.

They have been saying its coming to end, its coming to an end but until now, nothing.”

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