Zimbabwe national football team disbanded after match-fixing scandal

Zimbabwe national football team disbanded after match-fixing scandal

Zimbabwe Football Association President Cuthbert
Dube questioned the integrity of the country’s national team after it let a 3-1 aggregate
lead slip against Angola to miss out on qualification for next year’s African Cup of Nations. Dube said the team – dogged for more than
two years by match-fixing allegations and with some players and officials only recently
banned for life – had now been “discarded.” “We now want to start with a clean team made
up of youngsters who have not been tainted and we do have a very good crop of youngsters
that we think could go quite a lot in terms of AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations), CHANC (Confederation
of African) and even the World Cup.” “It’s selling your country. When these people
play, they go to Angola go to Cape Verde and so forth, they carry the Zimbabwean flag and
the Zimbabwean anthem. Some people are lucky this is treasons, mercenaries.” Dube also said his body would put in place
an appeals process in accordance with FIFA rules after 15 players, officials and reporters
were banned for life for helping fix Zimbabwe games on tours to Asia in 2009. Among those given life bans this month were
former ZIFA chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya, former national team coach Sunday Chidzambwa,
former captain Method Mwanjali and a reporter, Robson Sharuko. Rushwaya was said to be the mastermind of
the match-fixing ring, leaving some fans with sympathy for the players.  “The players sometimes they were pushed (to
match fix) by lack of funds or poverty or the economic situation that was prevailing
in Zimbabwe.” Most recently, Zimbabwe lost 2-0 in Angola
2-0 on October 14th, although that match is not believed to be under scrutiny for match-fixing.

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