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Cape Verde, Zim FAs complain to FIFA

[Posted 08 Oct 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Cape Verde, Zim FAs complain to FIFA

Stakes are very high in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group A to an extent that the Football Federations of Cape Verde and Zimbabwe are not taking lightly media reports in Libeeria that Mali has offered the host nation throw their final group tie.

Liberia are the only team in Group A without any realistic chances of making it to the finals of the Afcon in 2012, and for them there is only pride to play for at home.

Newspapers in the West African country have alleged that officials from Mali, desperate to qualify for the finals, ahve made overtures to their Liberian counterparts to fix the outcome of their Saturday match in Monrovia.

The Daily Observer Sports reported two weeks ago that emisaries from Mali visited Monrovia to trya nd convince the Liberian FA not to pick their strongest squad, arguing that the country has nothing really to play, and should allow the Carthage Eagles to qualify at the expense of Zimbabwe or Cape Verde.

Following the letter which the Zimbabwe Football Association wrote to CAF, copied to FIFA, the Cape Verde and their Zifa counterpartd have now agreed to forward a joint compaint to CAF and FIFA about their concerns.

The copy of the lettr has been circulating in some Zimbabwean and Cape Verde newspapers, and below is the joint letter of the Cape Verde and Zim FAs:

 “Reference: Letter written by the Zimbabwe Football Association dated 29 September 2011

After a meeting between the Zimbabwe Football Association and the Federacao Cabo-Verdiana de Futebol held in Cape Verde at the offices of the President of the Cape Verde Football Association, we would like to jointly file a formal letter of concern with regards to the alleged match fixing of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match between Liberia and Mali, set for 8th October 2011 in Monrovia.

The match fixing allegations were originally publicised by the media namely, The Liberia Observer, which suggested that a delegation from Mali had visited the Liberia Football Association with the aim of attempting to fix their qualifier match.

Both Football Associations (Cape Verde and Zimbabwe) are deeply concerned about this development which is likely to affect Fair Play if this development occurs. There is need for pro-activeness in order to eradicate any chances of such malpractices.

We uphold the position made by FIFA of ‘Zero-Tolerance’ on match-fixing, which calls for a pro-active approach to combat any indicators. We believe that African Football should be a model in
terms of combating crimes committed against ‘Fair Play’.


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