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Asiagate Bombshell: List of Names Released

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) on Friday finally released the full list of players and officials who have been banned for life for their alleged involvement in the Asiagate match fixing scandal.

Robson Sharuko
Herald newspaper journalist Robson Sharuko

Zifa chief Cuthbert Dube made the long awaited announcement on Friday afternoon. Fifteen players, officials and even journalists have been banned for life while 16 others have been exonerated.

Banned for life

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

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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.

The players and officials were accused of accepting money from a betting syndicate to throw matches in Asia in 2009. Zimbabwe lost to Jordan 2-0, to Thailand 3-0 and to Syria 6-0 in Malaysia in tours arranged by former Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya.

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