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Zimbabwe's Football Association Moves to Wrap Up Asiagate Match-Fixing Scandal


ZIFA Chief Executive Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed that some staff have gone into hiding after receiving death threats over the recently released Asiagate report which names 80 Warriors players and support staff

The Zimbabwe Football Association said Friday that it will set up a new tribunal to wrap up investigations into match-fixing by the national soccer team in Asia between 2007 and 2010. The tribunal will be assigned to question everyone who has been implicated.

ZIFA Chief Executive Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed that some staff have gone into hiding after receiving death threats over the recently released Asiagate report which names 80 Warriors players, administrators, coaches, technical staff and journalists.

"We have advised those affected to report to the police and yesterday appealed to the parliamentary committee on sports to ensure that our members are protected, " he said.

Mashingaidze told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that the work of the tribunal will be the final stage in bringing to book all who took bribes to throw games.

A delegation from the International Federation of Association Football or FIFA is due in the country next month to provide guidance on how those found guilty should be dealt with.

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