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Oct 16, 2012

93 Zimbabweans face match-fixing bans

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- A judicial inquiry into allegations of corruption and match-fixing in Zimbabwean soccer says 93 players and officials implicated in the Asiagate scandal will be banned from the game.

Retired Judge Ahmed Ebrahim says the probe team has recommended to the Zimbabwe Football Association that 13 players and officials be banned for life and others face six-month to 10-year bans.

They were accused of accepting money from a betting syndicate to throw matches in Asia in 2009.

Former ZIFA chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya was named as the mastermind. She appeared in court in February on corruption and fraud charges that are still pending.

Zimbabwe lost to Jordan 2-0, to Thailand 3-0 and to Syria 6-0 in Malaysia in tours arranged by Rushwaya.

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