Warriors' Chan matches fixed, Rushwaya implicated again

HARARE - Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa yesterday revealed that the Warriors’ 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) matches were fixed by Asian betting syndicates linked to self-confessed serial match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.

Former Zifa CEO Henrietta Rushwaya, who was implicated but later pardoned in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal, and former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa also played a major role in infiltrating the Warriors setup according to Chiyangwa.

Chiyangwa’s legal advisors are currently interviewing a key witness, who arrived in the country yesterday and has already divulged a lot of “damning” evidence which points to a plot to fix this month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers match between Zimbabwe and Swaziland. 

NOT IMPRESSED: Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa, left, stresses a point during yesterday's press conference while his deputy Omega Sibanda looks on. Pic: Freedom Mashava

As a result of information at Zifa’s hands, the association has already suspended board member for development Edzai Kasinauyo and Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube.

“Zifa did of course come across a situation which was intended to frustrate and continuously so our efforts to grow our football, making it a peaceful and free of corruption,” a miffed Chiyangwa said yesterday.

“Because of these developments we needed to look closely at the activities of one of our own, who in this case is... Kasinauyo, who, after we looked at all the facts around this matter, we suspended yesterday.

“We will also not be hiring the services of...Dube and in addition we want to bring to book the actors; one who is...Rushwaya, ...Gorowa and I hear of many stories of another personality, who was involved with our football before.

“I will not leave anything to chance. I will chase them to their rat holes until such a time they are brought to book; both the ones operating in Zimbabwe and those in South Africa as I understand.

“My intention is to have the information that is currently being decoded from our chief witness, who arrived in the country today.

“I have informed my South African counterparts with respect to information we have here regarding their own league so that they can come and decode from the same source what is happening in their league.

“South Africa is their headquarters which they have used and I want to inform you that the young brother of the much-famed and corrupt Perumal is at the centre of all this; he is currently staying in South Africa.”

Turning to the fixed matches Chiyangwa said:  “In effect our Rwanda (Chan) matches were affected by this corruption; this whole match-fixing saga. Previously, as well, from the information we have — our match against Brazil in 2010 was affected by this same syndicate.

“I want to make it very clear that the fight these people have chosen is a bad fight; they will lose. We have proceeded to now report the matter to the police so that they now take care of it.”

Upon taking up office in December last year, Chiyangwa’s board hastily overturned all the life bans handed out to the likes of Rushwaya and the other individuals implicated in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.  

“You can see that once a thief always a thief. When I took over, I wanted there to be peace in football. I forgave them and said let’s work together which is what was supposed to have happened,” said the Harare businessman.

“But this is not working together; it is stabbing me in the back. I have got one of them on my side. One of the key players is now on my side that shows how credible the information we have is.”

Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) says they are waiting for Zifa to provide them with more information regarding these allegations.   

“Caf would like to receive more details in relation to this case, especially in relation to the persons involved, and to ensure as well whether the match officials appointed of match 75 Swaziland vs Zimbabwe and match 101 Zimbabwe vs Swaziland have been contacted or approached for us to take action,” wrote Caf secretary-general Hicham El Amrani

“Caf will be in close contact with Fifa to activate the right steps in relation to these matches.”

Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane said: “It is indeed disheartening to learn that this intricate web of deceit has been in existence for quite some time, and it implicates some of those people we had invested our trust in to administer the popular game of football.

“In this regard, I can assure the whole nation that government, in tandem with its policy of zero tolerance to corruption and unsportsmanlike conduct, will play its part in expediting the resolution of this matter. Indeed, no stone will be left unturned.”


Comments (5)

izhara yose ikukonzera match fixing.....POVERTY

ndunge - 10 March 2016

Hapana nzara yakadaro.Are you telling me kuti Nation Dube,Henrietta naEdza vane nzara ? Pure greed at its worst !

Takanunurwa - 10 March 2016

Which means that Big Phil has to go back on his hasty decision to lift bans on those suspected of match-fixing. Despite some of his failings, Curthbert Dube was spot on and was villified for trying to bring closure to this rot. There must be some who are really quaking in their boots; those who thought they were clever by hounding Dube and company out of office. The chickens are coming home to roost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maonazvangu - 10 March 2016

Certain individuals don't learn but the good thing is that they have been exposed well before their unholy actions.Its high time the perpetrators are not only banned from conducting any football related business but to also ensure they are jailed

glamourboy - 10 March 2016

The game of football has once again been brought to disrepute by unrepentant individuals.The best thing is jail who ever is found guilt.it was a very big mistake to pardon them especially the controversial lady.Mari yechigororo akainzwisisa..

Muchadura - 10 March 2016

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