warriors2.jpgFormer Premier Soccer League Chairman, Chris Sambo has called on the Zimbabwe Football Association’s investigating team, which is probing allegations of match-fixing involving the Warriors, to be thorough if transparency is to be achieved in the governing of the local game.

 

 

Sambo made the remarks shortly after denying reports of being roped in to be part of an investigating team tasked with probing match-fixing scandals involving the Zimbabwe national soccer team’s trips to Asia last year.

 

Sambo said investigations need to be done transparently and thoroughly so that the newly-elected board would become credible and transparent as per their campaigns in the run up to the ZIFA elections held in May.

 

“It is imperative that those tasked with investigations of the Far East trip conduct thorough investigations which are pivotal in retaining transparency at ZIFA. This would go a long way in bringing back the participation of the corporate world in our local football,” said Sambo.

 

Zimbabwe Football Association Chairman, Cuthbert Dube set up an investigating team headed by Vice President Ndumiso Gumede, with the Board Member Finance, Retired Brigadier Elliot Kasu and Board Member Development, Methembe Ndlovu completing the selected probe team.

 

Methembe Ndlovu however stepped down owing to what he cited as conflict of interest, and reports had indicated that Chris Sambo had been roped in to replace Ndlovu.

 

The match-fixing allegations which involve the Warriors’ 6-0 and 3-0 defeats to Syria and Thailand respectively in friendly internationals played in Malaysia in an unsanctioned trip where Jonathan Musavengana traveled as head of delegation have been the centre of controversy.

There are allegations that players were paid as much as US$1 000 to lose games in scams involving betting syndicates from Asia.

 

Speaking in a telephone interview, ZIFA Vice President, Ndumiso Gumede highlighted having communicated with ZIFA chairman, Cuthbert Dube who raised concern over the need to find a replacement for Methembe Ndlovu, pointing out investigations were in full swing with the probe team’s findings set to be revealed upon completion of investigations.

 

Local analysts say stern action should be taken against those found guilty to pave the way for transparency at the local governing body.