Zifa seek Asiagate closure

The new Zifa executive committee is keen on immediately closing the Asiagate match-fixing scandal chapter during their next meeting.

Without mentioning the date of their next meeting, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa said they wanted to bury the long-dragging scandal which saw more than 100 players and officials suspended by the previous executive committee led by Cuthbert Dube.

From those, 15 people including players, coaches, officials and journalists were handed life bans from all football activities by Zifa although Fifa declined to endorse the sanctions on a global scale.

Some of the banned were, however, pardoned by Zifa last year after appealing while others are still frozen.

a�?In an effort to find closure, I will propose that the issue of reviewing Asiagate sanctions be discussed at our next executive committee meeting,a�? Chiyangwa said.

a�?We understand some players, officials and journalists were banned for their alleged role in the Asiagate scandal. We feel it is prudent to review such sanctions and unite members of the football fraternity.a�?

The match-fixing scandal which took place between 2007 and 2009 is regarded as the darkest episode of Zimbabwean football.

The local syndicates were alleged to have been paid to throw away matches played in various Asian countries. – supersport.com 24 medstore.