2 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Zifa Should Consult Me On the Kentaro Issue - Rushwaya

FORMER Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya says Zifa would remain haunted by Kentaro if they do not engage her as she holds the key to their way out of the web.

The Switzerland-based international sports agency is suing Zifa for US$600 000 for unpaid fees after organising the Warriors-Brazil friendly match in June 2010. Zifa, who are arguing they never received any proceeds from the match, are sweating at the grim prospect of the verdict which is expected soon after the case was heard in a Zurich court on May 15.

The association could be wandering in a mine field as they risk losing three years' worth of the US$250 000 Fifa annual grant if the case does not go in their favour.

They have already engaged Kentaro lawyers with a plea of mercy. Rushwaya said the solution to the Kentaro fiasco lay in her hands since she was the one who signed the match deal with the company on behalf of Zifa. She said the document being used to pin down Zifa was not the same as the one she appended her signature on.

"On a consultancy basis, I would not mind being approached by Zifa asking me what could have transpired regarding the Kentaro issue. They have to swallow their pride and come to me to ask for my side of the story regarding this mess they are in," Rushwaya said.

Rushwaya blamed Zifa for holding football fans at ransom by not engaging her to resolve the case.

"This is an issue of national interest, so there is nothing wrong with me helping them, especially given the fact that I am a patriotic Zimbabwean who wants to see the smooth running of football in the country."

Rushwaya was recently cleared on six charges of corruption, bribery and fraud emanating from the Asiagate match-fixing scandal. She is now left with one charge of masterminding Monomotapa's trip to Malaysia where the club masqueraded as the senior national team.

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