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FIFA chief Blatter to visit Zimbabwe

FIFA president Sepp Blatter will visit Zimbabwe next week, en route to South Africa for a meeting of the International Olympic Committee, the national football boss said Thursday.

"I can confirm he is arriving at 6:55 am (0455 GMT) on Monday," Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Cuthbert Dube told AFP, saying Blatter would officiate at a regional women's football tournament in Harare.

The visit will be the first-ever by the world football body's chief, and comes as Zimbabwe is under investigation by FIFA over an alleged match-fixing scam in Asia.

"We will discuss issues to do with professionalising the game and how we are making sure that there is fair play in our football in view of all those match-fixing allegations that tainted our game," Dube said in the state-run Herald newspaper.

In 2009, then-ZIFA chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya sent the national team to play unsanctioned friendlies in Thailand, Syria and Malaysia linked to a betting syndicate.

Rushwaya was subsequently fired for her actions in October last year.

She is also said to have cleared former top league champions Monomotapa to travel to Malaysia where they masqueraded as the national team.

A FIFA anti-graft team had been expected this week in Harare, but Dube said he could not yet confirm their visit.

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