HARARE - Several individuals involved in the latest match-fixing scandal that has rocked Zimbabwean football face arrest after the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) lodged a formal police report.
Police yesterday confirmed they had received a report from Zifa and will take action in due course after going through the details.
Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said; “There is a report that has been lodged. I am out of office right now, but we will look into it to see if it warrants that the police commence investigations.”
It is not immediately clear which clauses the law enforcement agency will use to take the matter forward since Zimbabwe does not have any legislation dealing with match-fixing specifically.
Zifa board member Edzai Kasinauyo was last week suspended alongside Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube, following allegations there was a plot to fix the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers match between Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
Former Zifa CEO Henrietta Rushwaya and ex-Warriors coach Ian Gorowa have also been fingered as key players in the scandal which was being orchestrated by Wilson Raj Perumal’s young brother only known as the “Chief” from his South African base.
Zifa is basing its case on the information provided by their “key witness” Leeroy Waguta, a Harare socialite with many links to current and former footballers both locally and abroad.
According to the details of the scandal which have emerged, Waguta played a leading role in brokering deals between Zimbabwean players based in South Africa and match-fixing cartels.
Some of the players approached by Waguta include Pretoria University goalkeeper Washington Arubi and defender Partson Jaure.
The intention was for the duo to fix Absa Premiership matches involving their club thereby ensuring huge pickings for the match fixers in South Africa.
Arubi and Jaure are reported to have turned down Waguta’s enticements.
The cartel also approached Polokwane City goalkeeper George Chigova to fix Super Diski matches but it is not immediately clear whether he turned down or went ahead with the plans.
Turning to the Warriors encounters against Swaziland, the match fixers had targeted Dynamos goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva.
They hoped to entice Mukuruva so that he would allow Swaziland to score two goals in the first leg in Mbabane on March 25.
Sihlangu were also supposed to win the reverse fixture four days later in Harare but Mukuruva alerted Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa.
Pasuwa and Mukuruva notified Zifa of the advances from match-fixers before writing and signing affidavits, which helped smoke out Waguta.
According to the evidence Waguta has provided to Zifa, the Warriors’ 2016 Africa Nations Championship matches in Rwanda were also fixed with the help of Dube.
Zimbabwe bowed out of the competition in the group stages after losing to Zambia and Mali before drawing their final match against Uganda.
Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa said the match-fixing cartel had infiltrated the local game as far back as 2010.
“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,” he said last week.
“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.”