Zim hosts match-fixing seminar

HARARE – Zimbabwe will this week host the Cosafa-Interpol Integrity Workshop in Victoria Falls.

The workshop, funded by international police agency Interpol, will seek to educate member countries of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) on the growing danger of match-fixing and corruption threatening the sanctity of football in the world.

The workshop will be held at Elephant Hills Hotel in the resort town from Friday to Monday.

Participants will be drawn from Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Lesotho .This is a follow up to a similar workshop that was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2012.

“It is also imperative to note that this is the first time a member association is asked to host such a high profile workshop,” said Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said on Tuesday.

“It is undeniable veracity that this is vote of confidence for Zimbabwe as we are known for demonstrating outstanding hospitality to our visitors. Zimbabwe is hosting this prestigious workshop in the wake of the ghastly and heinous Asiagate scandal which up to this day threatens the survival of football. Consequently, Zimbabwe will be afforded the opportunity to share with other nations its experiences on match fixing and illegal betting.”

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