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SBD Global/November 5, 2012/International Football

Zimbabwe FA President Reveals National Team Has Been Dissolved

Zimbabwe's national team was disbanded Friday as a match-fixing scandal continued to "seriously undermine the sport in the country" even after the conclusion of an investigation into widespread corruption, according to the AP. After being "dogged for more than two years by fixing allegations and with some players and officials only recently banned for life," Zimbabwe FA (ZIFA) President Cuthbert Dube said the team has been "discarded.'' Dube said, "The Warriors, if indeed they were Warriors, have been dissolved en masse. We will rebuild from the under-20 and the under-23s. These are people who are clean. The team has been discarded in its entirety.'' Dube added that "only a few current players" would be kept after the long-running scandal. Dube also said that ZIFA would put in place an appeals process in accordance with FIFA rules after the 15 players, officials and reporters were "banned for life for helping fix Zimbabwe games" on tours to Asia in '09 (AP, 11/2).
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