For­mer Zifa of­fi­cer faces life ban

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

FOR­MER Zifa pro­grammes of­fi­cer Jonathan Musaven­gana faces a world­wide life ban from all foot­ball re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Fifa Ethics Com­mit­tee’s in­ves­ti­ga­tory cham­ber.

Musaven­gana is ac­cused to­gether with for­mer Safa pres­i­dent Kirsten Ne­matan­dani and for­mer To­golese na­tional team coach Banna Tchanile of ma­nip­u­lat­ing sev­eral friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.

In a state­ment, the Ethics Com­mit­tee said Musaven­gana and Tchanile breached ar­ti­cle 13 para­graphs 1-4 and ar­ti­cle 21, para­graph one and three of the Fifa Code of Ethics.

Ar­ti­cle 13, para­graph 1-4 reads: “Per­sons bound by this Code are ex­pected to be aware of the im­por­tance of their du­ties and con­comi­tant obli­ga­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, are obliged to re­spect all ap­pli­ca­ble laws and reg­u­la­tions as well as Fifa’s reg­u­la­tory frame­work to the ex­tent ap­pli­ca­ble to them. Per­sons bound by this Code shall show com­mit­ment to an eth­i­cal at­ti­tude. They shall be­have in a dig­ni­fied man­ner and act with com­plete cred­i­bil­ity and In­tegrity, (and) may not abuse their po­si­tion in any way, es­pe­cially to take ad­van­tage of their po­si­tion for pri­vate aims or gains.”

In a press state­ment yes­ter­day, the deputy chair­man of the in­ves­ti­ga­tory cham­ber of the in­de­pen­dent Ethics Com­mit­tee, Djim­baraye Bourn­gar, said in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ac­tiv­i­ties of Ne­matan­dani, Musaven­gana and Tchanile had been con­cluded.

“As chief of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, 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,” reads the state­ment.

“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 (about $10,397.29) for Ne­matan­dani for 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 Musaven­gana and Tchanile for the ap­par­ent breach of art. 13 pars 1-4 and art. 21 pars 1 and 3 (Bribery and cor­rup­tion) of the FCE,” reads the state­ment.

Ar­ti­cle 21, Bribery and cor­rup­tion reads: “Per­sons bound by this Code must not of­fer, prom­ise, give or ac­cept, any per­sonal or un­due pe­cu­niary or other ad­van­tage in or­der to ob­tain or re­tain busi­ness or any other im­proper ad­van­tage to or from any­one within or out­side Fifa. Such acts are pro­hib­ited, regard­less of whether car­ried out di­rectly or in­di­rectly through, or in con­junc­tion with, in­ter­me­di­aries or re­lated par­ties as de­fined in this Code. In par­tic­u­lar, per­sons bound by this Code must not of­fer, prom­ise, give or ac­cept any un­due pe­cu­niary or other ad­van­tage for the ex­e­cu­tion or omis­sion of an act that is re­lated to their of­fi­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and is con­trary to their du­ties or falls within their dis­cre­tion. Any such of­fer must be re­ported to the Ethics Com­mit­tee and any fail­ure to do so shall be sanc­tion­able in ac­cor­dance with this Code.”

Ac­cord­ing to para­graph 3 of the same ar­ti­cle, per­sons bound by this Code must re­frain from any ac­tiv­ity or be­hav­iour that might give rise to the ap­pear­ance or sus­pi­cion of im­proper con­duct as de­scribed in the fore­go­ing sec­tions, or any at­tempt thereof.

How­ever, Fifa said un­til a for­mal de­ci­sion is taken by the ad­ju­di­ca­tory cham­ber of the Ethics Com­mit­tee, the trio are presently pre­sumed in­no­cent.

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