Asiagate hearings next month

HARARE - The Zimbabwe football Association (Zifa) emergency committee of the board has set the date of the Asiagate appeals hearing following their meeting Saturday.

The committee was meeting following the recent debacle that saw the Zimbabwe national team travel to Guinea for a 2014 World Cup qualifier with only 14 players.

The warriors lost 1-0 to the Syli Nationale after chaotic travel arrangement that saw the team only arriving in Conakry a few hours before kick-off.

Warriors coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels only had three players on the bench together with team physio Farai Muguwu.

The rest of the Warriors’ contingent was left behind in Dakar, Senegal after Zifa failed to organise a connecting flight to Conakry.

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwasela said the committee received a report from the Zifa Technical Committee but did not give further details.

“The emergency committee set today and deliberated on the Guinea and Egypt matches report that was tabled before the board by Benedict Moyo,” Gwasela said.

“There was also the technical report of the overall 2014 World Cup qualification campaign that was also tabled before the board by Mr. Moyo.

“They also deliberated on the Zifa constitution and the board assured their preparedness for the Fifa consultative team that will be in the country from the 3rd to 5th of July.

Commenting on the Asiagate scandal, Gwasela said: “The board confirmed that the appeals committee will sit from the 29th to the 30th of July. It will hear matters of Method Mwanjali, Thomas Sweswe, Robson Sharuko and Sunday Chidzambwa.

“The board also deliberated on the Centralgate and it emphasised that all outstanding issues should be concluded by the 30th of July.”

According to Gwasela the committee also emphasised on the need for the Warriors to defend the Cosafa Cup, which makes a return next month in Zambia after a three-year absence. - Sports Writer 

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