I will work with authorities: Edzai

HARARE - Suspended Zifa board member for development Edzai Kasinauyo says he will work with authorities to clear his name in the latest match-fixing scandal to rock local football.

“I deny any involvement in any unlawful activities and, in the spirit of transparency, I have and will continue to make myself available for any enquiries or any process that may be instituted by local and international football governing bodies, or any other entity,” said Kasinauyo at a press conference in the capital yesterday.

FIGHTING BACK: Edzai Kasinauyo stresses a point during yesterday's press conference. Pic: Annie Mpalume.

“Until investigations and or possible disciplinary processes are completed, I am not in a position to make any further statements or comments regarding the allegations made against me. I, however, remain confident that once due process has been followed, my name will be cleared.”

Kasinauyo, together with Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube are alleged to have been working with South African-based match fixers to try and manipulate Zimbabwe’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Swaziland later this month.

Former Zifa CEO Henrietta Rushwaya and ex-Warriors coach Ian Gorowa have also been alleged to have infiltrated the local game to fix matches.

Kasinauyo, who was voted into the Zifa board in December last year, said he is a reputable football administrator and businessman and would not risk his livelihood by engaging in the betting underworld. 

“My assurance to the public is that: I shall remain loyal both to the laws of the land and regulations that govern football as I have always from the beginning of my career to the date of hanging my football boots as a player,” he said.

“I shall continue, without fear or favour, to represent the interests of football in this country including those of the very important people who voted me in office.

“I have not acted in any manner that borders on match fixing, corruption or unprofessional, and shall continue to use the experience gained from other league to further the professional administration of football in this country.

“In conclusion, may God the almighty bless Zimbabwe, its current and future players, its current and future administrators and in the spirit of fair play and transparency.”

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