1 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Asiagate - Marange Verdict By Year End

SUSPENDED Zifa vice-president Kenny Marange is likely to know his fate over his involvement in the Asiagate scandal before the end of the year as it has been referred to the Zifa Disciplinary Committee.

Marange, a former top referee, was suspended by his fellow board members for officiating at some of the matches in Asia. While the Zifa board had been largely using some of the recommendations by the Independent Ethics Committee chaired by retired Supreme Court judge Justice Ahmed Ebrahim, on Marange and his fellow match officials, the board has decided to refer their case to a proper disciplinary hearing.

Marange handled some of the matches alongside the trio of Christopher Manuel, Cosmos Nyoni and Masimba Chihowa. Ebrahim's committee made no findings against Marange and three other referees.

"We can make no findings against referees, Cosmas Nyoni, Christopher Manuel, Kennie Marange and Masimba Chihowa," reads Justice Ebrahim's report.

In a statement yesterday, Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze, pointed out that the match officials were likely to know their fate before the end of the year.

"The outstanding cases involving the four referees who officiated at matches in Asia have since been referred to the Zifa disciplinary committee. The case is set to be finalised before the end of the year.

Zifa would like to confirm that the fate of a former senior official of the association shall only be known once thorough investigations and subsequent judicial processes have been concluded by the year end. There shall be no sacred cows in the application of justice," said Mashingaidze.

Zifa, Mashingaidze said, are also keen to see the Centralgate cases concluded soon. "The Centralgate disciplinary hearings are set to resume early next month during which the a former board member, former referee, clubs officials and acting referees committee chairperson shall appear before the disciplinary committee," he said.

"The association would like to warn all members of the football family not to entertain players and officials who are serving bans, since such conduct shall be punishable in terms of the Zifa constitution Article 15.4."

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