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Rugby trio face fraud charges

Enock Muchinjo

CRIMINAL charges could be brought against rugby officials accused of defrauding the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) of funds last year during national team commitments.

NT face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>ZRU has set up an internal disciplinary committee that is to work under legal advice from Harare lawyer, Gary Crossland, who will be coordinating the investigations into allegations of fraud against three officials, former national team manager Noddy Kanyangarara, former ZRU vice-president Losson Mutongwiza and former administrator Janice Johnny who have all since left the union.

Kanyangarara was replaced as Sables manager when a new technical committee for the team was announced earlier this year. Long-serving adminstrator Mutongwiza did not seek re-election as the union’s vice-president last year, while Johnny was sent on forced leave by the union to allow investigations to take place.

ZRU chief executive officer Titus Zvomuya confirmed the setting up of the disciplinary committee but said the union was not able to provide details of the investigations since the case was sub judice. Zvomuya referred IndependentSport to Crossland, who was not available for comment.

Kanyangarara was accused of failing to account for up to US$3 600 during his tenure as national team manager.

The money included fines imposed on players for indiscipline and air tickets that were not accounted for.

Mutongwizo was accused of abusing an undisclosed amount of foreign currency meant for the national sevens team’s whirlwind tours last year.

Both officials claim the accusations were personal vendettas.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe national selectors have chosen locally based players likely to make the Sables for their World Cup campaign that kicks off next month.

The Sables play the winners between Zambia and Senegal before traveling to the Ivory Coast for their next match in July.

The squad was named after the inter-provincials played at Old Hararians a fortnight ago with players also being considered on performance in the domestic league so far.

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