Reports: Method Mwanjali, Thomas Sweswe banned for life in Asiagate scandal
Posted: 19 October 2012 Time: 18:14
Reports in Zimbabwe suggest Mamelodi Sundowns defender Method Mwanjali, Bidvest Wits defender Thomas Sweswe and Black Leopards coach Sunday Chidzambwa are among the 15 players and officials handed lifetime bans by Zifa in the Asiagate scandal.
16 others have allegedly been exonerated by the Independent Ethics Committee, including Sundowns striker Nyasha Mushekwi, who escaped a life ban after volunteering information in the investigation.
Energy Murambadoro, Lincoln Zvasiya, Kingston Nkhatha (both Kaizer Chiefs), Cuthbert Malajila (Maritzburg United) are also exonerated.
The Asiagate match fixing scandal involves players and officials of the Zimbabwe national football team who underwent tours of Asia and lost several games, leading to suspicions of match fixing.
The official list of banned and exonnerated players and officials was reportedly released by Zifa president Cuthbert Dube on Friday afternoon.
Robson Sharuko, sports editor of leading Zimbabwe newspaper The Herald, and Hope Chizuzu, a former journalist with The Sunday Mail, a sister paper of The Herald, are both banned as well. They are alleged to have played a part in linking the Zimbabwean officials to the Asiagate match fixers.
The banned players and executives are: Former Zifa chiefs executive Henrietta Rushwaya, Jonathan Musavengana, Kudzai Shabba, Sunday Chidzambwa, Thompson Matenda, Godfrey Japajapa, Rodwell Dhlakama, Emmanuel Nyahuma, Robson Sharuko, Edmore Sibanda, Danisa Phiri, Thomas Sweswe, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Method Mwanjali, Hope Chizuzu
Exonerated players and officials: Gilbert Banda, Justice Majabvi, Richard Mteki, Energy Murambadoro, Costa Nhamoinesu, Kingston Nkhatha, Washington Pakamisa, Edward Sadomba, David Kutyauripo, Lincoln Zvasiya, Cuthbert Malajila, Willard Manyatera, Brighton Tuwaya, Edward Chagonda, Cyril Mukweva, Solomon Makuvaro