Zifa expels Kasinauyo, five charged with match-fixing

HARARE - Zifa has expelled suspended board member, Edzai Kasinauyo, and summoned five individuals to appear before a disciplinary hearing following their involvement in the latest local match-fixing scandal.

The decision to expel Kasinauyo was reached after the former Warriors midfielder launched an urgent High Court application to challenge his suspension from all football activities.

Former Zifa CEO Henrietta Rushwaya, ex-Warriors coach Ian Gorowa and Hwange coach Nation Dube have all been charged with trying to fix Zimbabwe’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Swaziland.

The association’s former programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana and local player intermediary Kudzai Shabba have also been summoned to appear before the Zifa Disciplinary Committee.

Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa said he will see it through that Kasinauyo’s involvement in all football activities is over.

“He (Kasinauyo) is now finished. His post is vacant. We will now go to congress with this,” Chiyangwa said.

“Even if the congress says they still want him in football; I’m going to fight with them in congress and I’ll have my day.

“If I succeed, then the congress will themselves nominate the candidate they want to fill the vacancy; that’s the procedure.

“Even if the High Court rules in his favour, we will not accept decisions made in court. He will not come back to Zifa.        

“Our judiciary and the executive are all government and government must not interfere with football; please take note of that.

“Any interference by government means we will all get into trouble with Fifa. Our football will sink.”

Chiyangwa also said Zifa was now beginning the process to revoke Kasinauyo’s player intermediary licence.

Before being elected onto the Zifa board last December, Kasinauyo was the intermediate of a number of leading Zimbabwean players including star forward Khama Billiat.

In the letter of expulsion sent to the former CAPS United and Moroka Swallows midfielder, Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze cited a number of breaches.

“You have seriously violated the Zifa constitution by taking a football dispute to an ordinary court in violation of Article 60.1 of the Zifa constitution,” wrote Mashingaidze.

“It is common knowledge that on March 24, 2016, you filed an urgent chamber application as the applicant against Zifa, whom you cited as the respondent.

“Further, you violated the terms and conditions of your suspension which prohibited you from making any contact of any nature whatsoever with Zifa members.”                

Meanwhile, Chiyangwa insists Zifa will put in place more stringent controls at all entry points for future national team home matches.

Although the 60 000-seater National Sports Stadium was almost 90 percent full on Easter Monday for the match against Swaziland, Zifa only accounted for 28 063 paying fans.

As a result, the association only generated $92 009 from ticket sales while a further $3 660 was realised from vending, beverages and car park receipts.

Zifa benefactor Wicknell Chivayo also donated a further $34 000 to cater for the players’ bonuses. All this revenue is outweighed by the expenses Zifa incurred in the last few weeks as they had to pay for all the players’ tickets to travel from their various European and South Africa bases.

The association also had to pay for the team’s upkeep while in camp as well as their travel to Swaziland for the Good Friday match.

Zifa also had to fork out for the stay, air tickets and allowances of the Comoros team of match officials, who handled Monday’s match.

“Generally, we are in Zimbabwe where we have our own special situation, but the norm is that government must take care of their national teams both the men’s and women’s teams,” said Chiyangwa.

“In Zimbabwe, we have to do some financial engineering and that’s why I have a partner (Chivayo) that has to step in when we are short.

“We don’t owe anybody particularly from this match unless you are talking about the (Cuthbert) Dube debts.”

Chiyangwa added: “This (football) is the best entertainment you can find in this country. We have to make sure that the matches are played and they are sustainable.”      

Comments (5)

we are watchng u mr chiyangwa. as much as we are behind our beloved warriors, u ought not to be so pompous mr man. aftre all if we were to look back through ur way into # 52 Livingston Avenue, we would discover a lot than meets the eye. Dont count ur chickens before they are hatched. Plz dnt u mention abt politics interfering wth football matters coz u trully knw where u came from

thomn muvirimi - 31 March 2016

Do u hav personal scores to settle wit Kasinauyo, just show the nation wat wrong h dd and not to hide it how many weeks nw nyaya yaitika

muromounesimba - 31 March 2016

Do u hav personal scores to settle wit Kasinauyo, just show the nation wat wrong h dd and not to hide it how many weeks nw nyaya yaitika

muromounesimba - 31 March 2016

I don't understand one thing guys, could one of you inlight me on this one. Say those who are implicated are found guilt, whow then is going to prosecute them? Are they not going to be given the judgement by the same courts which Mr Chiyangwa is saying they are government tools. If the involvement of police and Zimbabwean courts in those who are found guilt, is it not goverment involvement? You have been doing well Mr Fidza but try to seek legal advice from seasoned Lawyers. Let Kasinauyo prove himself and go to the Courts with your evidence. In as much we hate Match Fixing, if he is found guilt he should be fired procedurally. Retrace your utterance Mr Zifa Boss.Thank you

Chemical Solution - 31 March 2016

zvinhu zvanaFidza zvagara anongova makasi. hapana kana order.ook at ZECO, J&D shoes etc. inongova njake njake. This is just G40 politics. sumarry dismissals with no hearings. zvongofungwa kubhawa and actioned kubhawa. nenyika yacho ndiwo matongerwo ayo, based on makuhwa nanaJonathana nanaKasukuwere. mafunny chaiwo.

lodza - 31 March 2016

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