Mangwiro, Masomere banning appeals heard

A special Zifa Appeals Committee yesterday conducted appeal hearings for two Castle Lager Premier Soccer League coaches, Taurai Mangwiro and Luke Masomere.

Report by Kevin Mapasure

The other five who were convicted of involvement in the Asiagate scandal and appealed will have their cases heard next month after their lawyers successfully sought postponement.

The general reason for postponement was the short notice given after summons for the hearings were served at the weekend. The hearings will be conducted between May 18 and July 1.

South Africa based defenders Thomas Sweswe and Method Mwanjali as well as Black Leopards coach Sunday Chidzambwa were all represented.
Zifa lawyer Ralph Maganga confirmed that Masomere’s case was heard in the morning before Mangwiro’s in the afternoon.

Both are appealing against conviction and their 10-year bans imposed by Zifa after recommendations by the Ethics Committee which investigated the cases.

For Masomere and Mangwiro who coach Shabanie and Caps respectively, a determination will be made in the next few days.

The two clubs have been anxiously waiting for this process since they started off the season with caretaker coaches hoping their gaffers would be exonerated.

Meanwhile, Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze has been summoned to appear in court to answer charges of criminal defamation levelled against him by his predecessor Henrietta Rushwaya.

Mashingaidze is reported to have accused Rushwaya of plotting to fix the Warriors’ Afcon 2013 qualifier against Burundi by securing a meeting with forwards Knowledge Musona and Ovidy Karuru days before the match.

Mashingaidze was arrested on July 12 last year and released after the recording of a warned and cautioned statement.

He confirmed yesterday that he received summons to appear in court on Tuesday.

One of the quotations that led to the case and was attributed to Mashingaidze by the media reads: “During lunch, we were tipped by our security team on the ground that some of our players were seen entering and later leaving premises of people who were heavily involved in Asiagate.”

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