JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The Zimbabwe Football
Association's (ZIFA) chief executive was fired on Tuesday after
being found guilty of sending the national team to play
unauthorised matches in Asia last year.
ZIFA legal adviser Ralph Maganga told Reuters that Henrietta
Rushwaya had been found guilty by the association's disciplinary
body on charges of "conduct inconsistent with her duties,
mismanagement and insubordination".
Rushwaya, who was suspended in July on suspicion of fixing
matches in the Malaysia tournament, responded by referring all
questions to her lawyer who said he would comment on her sacking
The chief executive was found guilty of requesting a loan of
$103,000 from Zimbabwe's sports commission, money which is now
unaccounted for, Maganga said in a telephone interview.
ZIFA said Rushwaya accepted the matches against Thailand,
Syria and a Malaysian club without the permission of its board
or the country's sports commission, who must authorise foreign
trips by Zimbabwe teams.
Rushwaya also allowed former Zimbabwe champions Monomotapa
to go to Malaysia last year masquerading as the national team.
"She even gave them national team kit," Maganga said.
"The possibility of criminal charges is now a matter for the
ZIFA board to decide but there are allegations that border on
criminality which need to be looked at."
Both these tours are suspected of being set up by betting
syndicates, said a report by the Forum for African Investigative
Reporters last month.
Zimbabwe's decision to sack Rushwaya comes in the wake of a
probe by football's governing body FIFA into a fake Togo team
playing a friendly in Bahrain in August.
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