Zimbabwean Players And Officials Involved In Match Fixing Scandals To Be Punished Soon

The players and officials were implicated in match-fixing scams in the Far East in 2008 and 2009.

Zimbabwe FA (Zifa) vice-president Ndumiso Gumede, has told BBC Sports that investigations into the match fixing scandals involving national team players and officials are nearing an end.

Last year national team players, The Warriors, admitted they purposefully lost matches when they were on tours to Asian countries in 2008 and 2009.

"We've exposed the situation and we won't rest until this matter is finished", Gumede said.

The players and official conspired to throw the matches at the behest of notorious betting syndicates that stalk the game in the Far East. The select national sides lost friendly games against the likes of Thailand, Malaysia and Syria.

The players and officials - including the then Zifa chief executive Henriatta Rushwaya - were then handsomely rewarded, according to the findings of the official investigation.

Rushwaya has since been sacked, but the players fingered in the corruption scam are still with their respective clubs in South Africa's Premier League or the domestic championship in Zimbabwe.

But the culprits will face punishment soon.

Gumede said, "We're not resting until this matter is finished, but there's no way we can rush it.

"Corruption is by its very nature difficult to investigate, that's why sometimes you have sting operations that take up to six years before you can get the culprit."

He said FIFA were closely monitoring developments and would wait for a final outcome on the investigations being carried out.

"FIFA has said to us that a reprimand is not good enough."

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