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Zimbabwe's national team disbanded

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)

 

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Zimbabwe's national team has been disbanded as a long-running match-fixing scandal continues to seriously undermine the country's football setup.

Zimbabwe Football Association President Cuthbert Dube questioned the integrity of the national team on Friday after it let a 3-1 aggregate lead slip against Angola two weeks ago to miss out on qualification for the African Cup of Nations. Dube said the team had been ''discarded.''

He said ''the Warriors (Zimbabwe's nickname), if indeed they were Warriors, have been dissolved en masse. We will rebuild from the under-20s and the under-23s.''

Dube also said his body would put in place an appeals process in accordance with FIFA rules after 15 players, officials and reporters were banned for life for helping fix Zimbabwe games on tours to Asia.

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