Musavengana opens up on match-fixing

HARARE - Alleged match-fixing kingpin Jonathan Musavengana says the scourge is “worse than drug trafficking” and will soon consume the world’s most beautiful game.

Musavengana rose to notoriety in 2010 after the previous Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board led by Cuthbert Dube claimed he was one of the ring leaders of the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

Zifa alleges that between 2006 and 2009 various Zimbabwe national teams were paid money by Asian betting syndicates to lose matches at predetermined scorelines.

Last month, Fifa’s Ethics Committee also recommended a life ban for Musavengana for his involvement in organising fixed friendly international matches for Bafana Bafana shortly before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Musavengana has, however, opened up to the Daily News regarding the allegations and his involvement in the match-fixing scandal.

The former Zifa programmes officer admits “knowing a lot of things regarding match-fixing” and very soon he will name and shame those involved locally and abroad.

“There is more to it than meets the eye in relation to match-fixing not only in Zimbabwe but globally,” Musavengana told the Daily News.

“It’s a cancer that we have to fight but I don’t know if we will be able to eradicate it; it’s worse than drug trafficking.”

Musavengana feels Fifa and Zifa badly handled the Asiagate scandal, allowing some central figures in the offence to get away without any sanctions.

“There has been gross mismanagement of ethics by both Fifa and Zifa in terms of how they conducted themselves in dealing with this matter . . . I will not dwell much on that for now,” he said.

“I was just an officer at 53 Livingstone Avenue working under authority and there was never a time a national team would leave the country without the authorities having authorised those trips.

“This is the main reason why I say there has been gross mismanagement of justice, common law and football ethics by both bodies.

“Other people who are culprits themselves in match-fixing took advantage of being in office and sent distorted information to Fifa so that they could escape consequences themselves but I will expose them.”

Musavengana added: “It is also concerning to note that Fifa have also decided to rely on the distorted information as their evidence.

“They have not approached me for any information regarding match-fixing involving Zimbabwe national teams nor did Zifa.”

Regarding the current Fifa Ethics Committee case which could land him a life ban from all football activities, Musavengana alleges that the Zurich-based association has been dishonest and treated him unfairly.

“It also surprises me that in all the correspondences Fifa have been sending to me, they requested that I should not at any point share . . . the information with anyone else other than my legal representatives,” Musavengana said.

“And they underlined the fact that they were committed to keep everything strictly confidential and that I will be the first person to know their findings and next course of action before it’s made public.

“But this has not been the case with Fifa. I was surprised when I read the story on Facebook before it appeared in the local media.

“Obviously, all was done in bad faith or someone is playing a cat and mouse kind of game.

“The same Fifa Investigatory Chambers haven’t written to me advising me of their findings nor their next course of action.

“And from what I read in the media and on social media, a ruling has been made by Fifa and the next committee is just going to rubber-stamp that judgment.”

Comments (1)

WAKADZIYA MOTO WEMBAVHA SAKA THOSE ARE THE CONSEQUENCES. WAAKUDA KUTI U WILL NAME AND SHAME OTHERS BKOZ ZVABUDA PACHENA-- U ARENT ASHAMED OF URSELF. A MAN IN SUCH A POSITION OF AUTHORITY WAIZIVA HAKO WONYARARA WAMAMA. STUPID WAKAURA

munyimi - 9 September 2016

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