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NPA challenges Zifa board acquittal – NewsDay

By Desmond Chingarande

THE National Prosecution Authority has filed a High Court application challenging a decision to acquit Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board members in a case they were accused of defeating the course of justice.

Prosecutor Tendayi Shonhayi in a High Court application said Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje grossly erred by absolving Zifa president Felton Kamambo and his accomplices, Phillimon Machana, Bryton Malandule and Farai Jere of wrongdoing.

The four were accused of moving money from a Zifa account to a company’s account in a bid to evade creditors.

It was alleged that they moved US$740 000 from Zifa’s account to an account belonging to Conduit Investments, a company owned by Machana, sometime in 2019.

Machana is the board member in charge of finance, while Malandule is in charge of competitions and development, and Jere sits on the board by virtue of his position as Premier Soccer League chairman.

In 2018, Daisy Guest House (Pvt) Limited had obtained a garnishee order against Zifa for US$161 172, but magistrate Mambanje found that it specifically mentioned Zifa’s account held with Steward Bank and not Ecobank.

He ruled that the money transferred to Machana’s account was, therefore, not judicial funds.

“It is strange why the Sheriff rushed to the Ecobank account when the court order says Steward Bank,” Mambanje said.

“This was suspicious, as the Sheriff does not embark on such on his own.

“From the agreed facts, as the State alleges the offence was committed, there was no legal process. Garnishee orders are granted in specific terms and no such order was granted against Ecobank. At that time, Ecobank account was not under any attachment and there was nothing which could stop the transfer. The legal process commenced way long after the day of the alleged offence was committed.”

In challenging this ruling, Shonhayi said the trial should proceed before a different magistrate.

“Mambanje’s decision to quash the charges and return a verdict of not guilty against the four was grossly irregular in its defiance of logic that no sensible court having applied its mind would arrive at it,” Shonhayi said in her founding affidavit.

“There was gross irregularity in the decision to such an extent that the fifth respondent failed to appreciate the nature of the application before him.”

The prosecution said the magistrate, through his decision, denied the State a constitutionally-mandated chance to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The applicant accuses the regional magistrate of lacking probity by rendering a criminal case useless.

“The magistrate failed to appreciate the nature of the application before him and this anomaly created an unlevelled playing field for the State as it has been robbed of an opportunity to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt,” Shonhayi said.

“The courts are very strict in applications of this nature and are not quick to grant any relief unless in exceptional and compelling circumstances. It is my considered view that my case falls within the realm of exceptional circumstances warranting the honourable court to interfere with the proceedings in my matter which has already been terminated by the magistrate.”

The matter is yet to be heard.

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Lewandowski scores disputed winner for Bayern over Dortmund – The Zimbabwe Mail

Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, third left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

BERLIN (AP) — Robert Lewandowski scored twice against his former team for Bayern Munich to extend its Bundesliga lead with a contentious 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund in “der Klassiker” on Saturday.

But Dortmund fans’ anger was directed at the referee, who awarded Bayern a penalty and denied their team another.

Lewandowski scored the disputed winner from the spot in the 78th minute, after referee Felix Zwayer awarded the penalty following a VAR check. Zwayer penalized Mats Hummels for handball after Serge Gnabry’s corner struck the Dortmund defender’s elbow as he appeared to stumble.

Dortmund coach Marco Rose was sent off with his second yellow card for protesting.

“It’s just a shame that such a game is decided like this,” Rose said.

Earlier, Dortmund captain Marco Reus had a penalty appeal waved away after a tussle with Lucas Hernández.

“You can give it,” Bayern’s Thomas Müller said of what looked like a push in Reus’ back from his teammate.

“That’s the bitter thing, that such an intense game is decided by that,” Müller added. “So I can understand the anger. But I can also understand the referee in the individual situations.”

Zwayer said he saw Hummels’ elbow make contact with the ball, but he wasn’t sure whether the elbow was in or out, so he checked the video footage. He said it wasn’t necessary to check Reus’ penalty appeal because he had a clear view of the incident and the video referee watching in Cologne did not contradict his decision.

“I had a very clear and unambiguous impression that was ultimately checked and also confirmed on the monitor in Cologne,” said Zwayer, who had allowed a free-flowing game.

After Lewandowski’s penalty, the match resumed to whistles from the home fans – just 15,000 due to new coronavirus restrictions. Dortmund had to cancel and refund all 67,000 it previously sold for the game.

Lewandowski’s second goal – his 16th of the season – dealt Dortmund its first loss at home and left it four points adrift of Bayern after 14 Bundesliga rounds.

It was Bayern’s sixth consecutive win over Dortmund and it puts the Bavarian powerhouse on course for a record-extending 10th consecutive title.

There was a lengthy hold up in the second half following a serious clash of heads between Dortmund goal-scorer Julian Brandt and Bayern defender Dayot Upamecano. Brandt was carried off, while Upamecano continued.

Brandt set the tone for a thrilling game with a fine goal in the fifth minute, when he eluded Alphonso Davies by playing the ball between his legs and then fired it inside the top right corner.

Bayern looked uncertain after the setback, but Müller chased down a poor touch from Hummels and then held off his former teammate to set up Lewandowski, who equalized with a tidy finish inside the near post in the ninth.

There was no respite for either team as the game resumed at a furious pace.

Dortmund had the more clear-cut chances, but Kingsley Coman scored a minute before the break with a deflected shot after Raphaël Guerreiro’s attempted clearance was inadvertently blocked by Hummels.

Erling Haaland equalized after the break with a curled shot in off the far post, his 11th goal in eight Bundesliga games set up by Guerreiro after a mistake from Upamecano.

Dortmund’s luck changed when Reus’ penalty appeal went unheeded shortly afterward.


The onset of winter brought a flurry of goals on Saturday, when Patrick Schick scored four to help Bayer Leverkusen consolidate third place with a 7-1 rout of helpless Greuther Fürth.

Schick needed only 27 second-half minutes for his four-goal haul, the league’s fastest since Lewandowski scored five in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in September 2015.

Fürth extended its desolate Bundesliga-record run of defeats to 12 straight, while the promoted team’s solitary point is also a record after 14 rounds.

Bochum won in Augsburg 3-2, and Mainz dispatched visiting Wolfsburg 3-0. Hoffenheim came from behind to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2, and Arminia Bielefeld fought back against visiting Cologne to draw 1-1.


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Mourinho's Roma loses 3-0 to former team Inter Milan – The Zimbabwe Mail

Roma’s head coach Jose Mourinho walks during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Inter Milan, at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

MILAN (AP) — Roma coach José Mourinho had a nightmare match against his former team as the capital side lost 3-0 at home to Inter Milan in Serie A on Saturday.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu, former Roma forward Edin Džeko, and Denzel Dumfries scored in the first half. It was the first time in Mourinho’s career that one of his teams was 3-0 down at halftime.

Mourinho answered only one question from journalists in his news conference.

“I apologize again for not responding to other questions. I’m just going to say what I think,” Mourinho said. “Inter is better than us on a good day, they finished with 29 points more than us last year and also this year they’re better.

“On a good day it would have been a difficult match, but today it was even harder because of absentees.”

Inter moved to second in Serie A, a point behind AC Milan after the Rossoneri beat Salernitana 2-0 to move to the top of the league. Napoli dropped to third, two points below Milan, after losing to fourth-placed Atalanta 3-2.

Roma remained fifth.

Mourinho steered Inter to the treble of Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League success in 2010. He took over at Roma in the offseason but has had mixed results. Roma has lost four of its past six league matches.

Inter opened the scoring when Çalhanoğlu curled in directly from the corner flag. The lead was doubled in the 24th minute. Çalhanoğlu cut inside from the left and pulled the ball back for Džeko to sweep into the top left corner. Džeko didn’t celebrate against the club he left in the offseason.

The Nerazzurri had the result virtually wrapped up by halftime. Alessandro Bastoni whipped in a cross from the left for a diving header from Dumfries at the back post.


Two goals in the space of five minutes saw Atalanta recover from 2-1 down to win in Naples.

It was only Napoli’s second league loss.

Ruslan Malinovskyi gave Atalanta an early lead but goals either side of halftime from Piotr Zieliński and Dries Mertens put Napoli ahead.

However, Merih Demiral fired Atalanta level in the 66th minute and Remo Freuler netted what was to prove the winner shortly after.

Duván Zapata had a header come off the post for Atalanta, which also had a penalty revoked on video review.


Milan dominated against bottom-placed Salernitana but lost another player to injury.

After Rossoneri defender Simon Kjær was ruled out for the rest of the season during the week, forward Pietro Pellegri came off early against Salernitana.

Milan was already 1-0 up by that point after Franck Kessié fired home after Rafael Leão cut the ball back from the byline in the fifth minute.

Alexis Saelemaekers doubled Milan’s lead in the 18th with a powerful strike. He celebrated by running to the touchline and holding up a shirt with Kjær’s name on it.


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Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India Reports 3rd Omicron Case, Gujarat Man Who Returned from Zimbabwe Tests Posi – News18

genome sequencing, after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, it said. Gujarat’s Commissioner of Health Jai Prakash Shivhare confirmed that the man was found infected with the Omicron strain. Earlier, two persons had tested positive for this variant in Karnataka. In the last 24 hours, India recorded 8,603 cases, as per the health ministry’s data.

Authorities across the world are rushing to stem the heavily mutated Covid-19 strain’s spread amid warnings that it could damage the global economic recovery. As concerns grow, the parliamentary committee has recommended that the efficacy of Covid vaccines must be evaluated and concerns with regards to the new strain developing immunoescape mechanism critically addressed. Meanwhile, Canada has confirmed 15 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus and the public health officials told Reuters, severe illness trends across the country could start to rise once again.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on health, which presented its report on Friday, also recommended that the government should conduct more research and examine the need of administering booster doses of vaccines to contain the new strain of the virus. In its report, the committee said it apprehends that a rise in mutations in the virus may lead to reporting of more virulent and transmissible strain of the Covid virus in the country and strongly recommended the Union Health Ministry to adopt a zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy and closely track Covid cases across the country.

The World Health Organisation said that the Omicron variant has been detected in 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported so far. The UN body has warned that it could take weeks to determine how infectious the variant is, whether it causes more severe illness, and how effective treatments and vaccines are against it.

Amid growing concerns, the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 could slow the global economic recovery, just as the Delta strain did, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday. “A new variant that may spread very rapidly can dent confidence and in that sense, we are likely to see some downgrades of our October projections for global growth,” she said at a Reuters event.

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