A significant proportion of Zimbabwe’s national team have been suspended indefinitely by the country’s FA after admitting their involvement in match fixing
The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has concluded an investigation into match fixing by suspending a total of 67 players from the national team.
Notable players that have been banned until further notice are Method Mwanjali, Daniel Vheremu, Benjamin Marere, Thomas Sweswe, Nyasha Mushekwi, Khama Billiat, and Ovidy Karuru.
A member of the coaching staff, Joey Antipas, also admitted to having accepted bribes from an Asian betting syndicate led by Wilson Raj Perumal, a man jailed in Finland as a result of his involvement in match fixing.
According to Associated Press, ZIFA uncovered that players and the coach were paid sums of money to lose exhibition matches on trips to Asia from 2007 to 2009.
The decision to suspend the players came during an emergency board meeting to determine the causes for Zimbabwe’s elimination from 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying. The suspended elements will be unable to represent their country unless they are able to clear the body’s ethics committee.
Players and coaches haven’t been the only ones affected by the probe as ZIFA was forced to suspend three of its own board members for their possible involvement in the scandal.