FIFA recommends life ban for former ZIFA official

FIFA recommends life ban for former ZIFA official

The FIFA ethics committee has recommended life bans from football for former ZIFA programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana .

This follows investigations into match fixing of international matches in South Africa in 2010. Former South African Football President Kirsten Nematandani was also implicated.

A statement from FIFA read:

Investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee concludes investigation into Kirsten Nematandani, Jonathan Musavengana and Banna Tchanile.

The deputy chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Djimbaraye Bourngar, has concluded his investigation into the activities of Kirsten Nematandani, former President of the South African Football Association (SAFA), Jonathan Musavengana, former official of the Zimbabwe Football Association, and Banna Tchanile, former coach of the national team of Togo. As chief of investigation, Mr Bourngar submitted the respective reports, including the relevant recommendations together with the investigation files, to the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, which is chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert. The investigations into the three individuals were initiated in relation to their specific conduct in the organisation of several international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

In his final report, the chief of investigation recommends the sanction of a ban for no less than six years and a fine of no less than CHF 10,000 for Mr Nematandani for an apparent violation of art. 13 pars 1-4 (General Rules of Conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty) and art. 18 (Duty of Disclosure, Cooperation and Reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE).

Furthermore, he recommends the sanction of a lifelong ban for both Mr Musavengana and Mr Tchanile for the apparent breach of art. 13 pars 1-4 and art. 21 pars 1 and 3 (Bribery and corruption) of the FCE.

Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, the accused are presumed innocent.

Musavengana has already been handed a life ban by ZIFA alongside former CEO Henrietta Rushwaya.

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