Gorowa breathes fire

HARARE - Former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa has denied any involvement in the match-fixing scandal which has rocked Zimbabwean football since last week.

Gorowa said it is “deeply unfair” for the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) to continue dragging his name in the “mud” when they have not heard his side of the story.

The former Moroka Swallows coach is alleged to have tried to manipulate the upcoming 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers between Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

Zifa board member for development Edzai Kasinauyo, Warriors assistant coach Nation Dube and ex-Zifa CEO Henrietta Rushwaya have also been named as key players in the scandal.

As such, Kasinauyo, Dube and Rushwaya have already been suspended from all football-related activities by Zifa.

According to Zifa’s “key witness” Leeroy Waguta’s statements, the match fixers had also infiltrated the South African Absa Premiership.

The former Black Rhinos and Dynamos forward “categorically” denied any involved in the scandal.

“I would want to take the opportunity to sound a serious warning to those who have and continue to drag my name into the mud, erode my dignity and public standing as well as alleged impropriety without any shred of evidence that after this investigation is over I shall leave no stone unturned to ensure they face the consequences of their reckless actions and slanderous statements,” Gorowa said in a sharp-worded statement sent to the Daily News yesterday from his South African base.

“My legal team is awaiting the conclusion of these investigations before they descend on these culprits.

“I feel unfairly dealt with as it seems that my name has already been implicated in alleged shady dealings when there has not been any direct allegation, let alone charges and trial before a competent court of law.”

“I have not been questioned nor asked to answer any allegations relating to the internal disciplinary processes by Zifa, nor any tribunal for that matter,” he said.

“On the substance of the alleged allegations, I wish to categorically state that in so far as they relate to me, they are crudely fabricated statements that seek to undermine the dignity of my name.

“I cannot authenticate nor deny the guilt or otherwise of those who allegedly made sworn statements as I am sure that if they did, they made those statements in relation to allegations against them and not me.

According to Zifa, Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa and goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva signed affidavits claiming they had been approached by the match fixers, who wanted to ensure Zimbabwe lost both matches against Swaziland next week.

Gorowa, who has also had coaching stints with Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town, has since requested privacy from the media.

“On the whole, I am unable to answer allegations that currently only exist in the media. In this context, I therefore request the media and others to let me continue with my life normally,” he said.

“This matter is on record and it has been publicised extensively elsewhere, some of the protagonists involved in this matter have already indicated that they are innocent people in this whole saga. I can categorically state that I am one of those.”

On Wednesday, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa was in Cape Town where he met with his South African Football Association counterpart Danny Jordaan to discuss the issue of match-fixing.

Comments (7)

that's bull shit u must pay the player don't look wen they win pay b4 they play

marcus - 18 March 2016

100 % behind you Gorowa . Huw much was stolen from Zimbabwe through ilicit deals in diamonds now you complain about something that did not happen . The match has not even been played. Vana Philip imbavha idzi . Mbava ikabirwa inoshatirwa zvisisna basa. Tendi mukuruva watcxh you ways . Ask them where Dzamara is . Smae fanana naJonso

Siyazvakadaro - 18 March 2016

it is very sad to see or hear respected personnel like Ian gorowa and edzai Kasinauyo beeing implicated is shody deals. I have been wondering how Kasinauyo ended in the ZIFA board when there are other able boded people to be in the association. I am made to understand that he used the same shody means to end up in ZIFA.

majaira - 19 March 2016

I wonder how & why zifa guys came up w allegations, tried & convicted people before investigating. Zanuish way of doing things

bg - 19 March 2016

Yes but...why is your defence more technical rather than openly telling us that l didn't do it... and why you think they suspect you ?????

tafadzwa - 22 March 2016

this is the vote of no confidence way of dealing with people you dont like. Its a G40 phenomenon where you are not even asked to say anything or a charge sheet put to you. Its a very sad way of doing things but we understand Chiyangwa is a G40 and wants to perpetuate G40 mentality everywhere. Interesting that he is meeting Danny Jordan, also implicate in the world cup hosting corruptin payment of 10mill. As for Chiyangwa himself, he is a master of corruption, espionage and all sorts of dirty money gathering and laundering!

Bro Bro - 22 March 2016

Well said Tafadzwa.thanx for noting that..Gorowa is being very technical by asking for evidence so definately that does not exonerate him from these evil deeds..in fact i personally think that he was very much involved...WHY DO YOU WANT EVIDENCE IF YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN MR DIBANGO.???????

itai musekiwa - 23 March 2016

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