Rushwaya in court over match-fixing

HARARE - The match-fixing scandal involving top and influential football personalities exploded yesterday with former Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya appearing in court charged with trying to bribe players in the national soccer team into deliberately losing games.

Rushwaya, 49, appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe charged with bribery.

She was remanded to May 24 on a $100 bail.

The complainant is Zifa represented by outgoing chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze.

Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa alleged that between January and February this year Rushwaya acting in cahoots with Edzai Kasinauyo, Ian Gorowa, and Nation Dube engaged in match-fixing, targeting players in the South African Premier League.

Rushwaya and her team together with Leeroy Kundishona Waguta who became the whistle blower were acting in connivance with Chan Sankaran, an infamous Asian match fixer.

In February, the accused persons allegedly agreed to fix the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers between Swaziland and Zimbabwe scheduled for March 25 and 28 in Mbambane and Harare respectively.

They then agreed to offer bribes to the Zimbabwe national soccer team players to influence them to lose the game.

The court heard that they agreed to implement their plan after the announcement of the list of players who were going to play against Swaziland.

Kasinauyo was allegedly tasked to put pressure on Kalisto Pasuwa to prematurely announce the list of players.

Pasuwa continued receiving pressure from Waguta and Kasinauyo to release the list and ended up informing Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa.

On March 10, Mashingaidze reported the case to the police leading to the syndicate’s arrest.


Comments (1)

Bailed, minus reporting conditions Rushwaya HUCHI! huchest!!!!!!

Mukanya - 28 April 2016

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