Match-fixing confessions could affect bans

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Harare (Zimbabwe): A ZIFA committee is expected to complete its rulings by the end of the year.

"The path we are following is zero tolerance, everyone has to answer for the wrongs and we are making that clear to all stakeholders and sponsors," Kasu said.

"As we say in Zimbabwe, if you want visitors to your house you must clean your house first."

According to ZIFA`s investigators, gambling syndicate representatives paid amounts totaling USD 50,000 for each of 15 matches that were fixed from 2007 to 2009 in Asia.

Investigators accused a large number of players of involvement in widespread corruption and said the national federation`s former chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya masterminded the fixing.

Rushwaya, who was fired as ZIFA chief executive last year, also received "huge payouts," according to the report.

In many cases, the report said, money was handed out by agents of Wilson Raj Perumal, a Singaporean who was jailed in Finland earlier this year for match-fixing and was believed to be a central figure in a swathe of betting scandals that have rocked world football.

"Perumal corrupted football, albeit in Zimbabwe but also across all continents," Eaton said. "Zimbabwe football has taken a very great dip, but we expect to see it return to where it belongs."

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