Zifa has set Wednesday as the day for the appeals hearing for those convicted of involvement in the Asiagate scandal, giving hope to Caps United and Shabanie Mine whose coaches are affected.
Caps coach Taurai Mangwiro and Shabanie gaffer Luke Masomere are the only ones who have completed the process to have their cases heard by the appeals committee.
South African based former Warriors defender Thomas Sweswe has completed most of the work but is yet to present heads of argument, the final stage of the process.
Seven of those implicated in the scandal paid their appeals fees pegged at US$6 000, but four others including former Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa, defenders Method Mwanjali, Guthrie Zhokinyi and journalist Robson Sharuko have not collected their transcripts.
Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze yesterday said the four will have to complete the necessary process before the appeals date after which the door might be closed on them.
“We have communicated with them through letters and phone calls so that they collect their transcripts after they paid their appeals fees but they have not done so,” said Mashingaidze. “We will be in touch with them once more so that they complete the due process for their cases to be heard with the others.
But if they fail to do so in the said time the door might just be closed on those appeals. ”
Mashingaidze met with Zifa’s legal team yesterday and summons will be sent out today for the hearing.
Both Caps and Shabanie have started the season under interim coaches as they await the finalisation of their head coaches’ cases and with Zifa promising that the appeals committee’s verdict will be delivered within two days, the teams will be able to move forward at least by the weekend.
After reports that Asiagate had collapsed after Fifa declined to endorse the punitive measures handed down by Zifa, most of the affected were already thinking about their appeals and admission of guilt fees.
But it looks like there is no end in sight yet after Zifa stated this week that Fifa had not yet made a determination.Meanwhile there are likely to be bruising battles in the by-elections for vacant posts within Zifa and the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (CPSL) board.
The battle for the Northern Region chairman’s post is likely to pit Desmond Ali and Saidi Sangula who has been in the post on an acting capacity.
Ali has since laid ground work after several meetings within the region.
Sources also indicated Dynamos vice chairman Webster Chikengezha is eyeing the CPSL board member for the finance post.