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The committee has so far been conducting interviews and gathering information. The next stage entails inviting the accused for hearings and opening of dockets, if needs be.

Players and officials have been interviewed and among them is striker, Edward Sadomba (pictured), who is in the country for that purpose.

Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed that the process had started, adding that the committee will set the dates for when they hope to have completed the probe.

“The committee will meet tomorrow and they will review their progress and chat the way forward on how they will conduct the inquiry and also set up date for those hearings,” Mashingaidze said.

“The hearings will be recorded and dockets will be opened. The committee has made good progress and we are on course to have the matter put to finality.”

Ninety eight players, in addition to coaches and other officials, have been suspended from participation in national duty.

On a related note, the Zifa board will decide on who will coach the Warriors in their Afcon 2013 first round second leg qualifier in their next indaba set for the end of the month.

FC Platinum coach Rahman Gumbo presided over the Warriors in their 2-1 defeat to Burundi and has received stick over the defeat but the coach hopes to see this round of qualifiers through. Gumbo has argued that his experience in Burundi will be needed in the home tie. Before the Burundi match, the Warriors would have played in a Fifa 2014 World Cup qualifier during the first weekend of June.

The situation could potentially be complicated in the event that substantive coach Norman Mapeza is cleared of match-fixing allegations.

Mashingaidze said this week that the board will deliberate on the issue and decide on Gumbo’s fate.

“The important thing is to make the right decisions that will help the team to qualify. There will be no activity between now and the board meeting and certain decisions will depend on the Asiagate recommendations by the committee dealing with it. So the issue of the national team coach will only be dealt with at the board meeting,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Fifa financial consultancy team that was in the country on a five-day fact finding mission left the country yesterday. A favourable outcome from the findings could pave the way for the world governing body’s release of a bail-out to Zifa.

They will make a report to Fifa before returning for a second visit later this month.

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