Some Asian betting syndicates are understood to have approached the Warriors who opened their Group B Nations Championships campaign with a tie against Niger in Madany on Saturday last night. Acting Zifa chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze said the association had information that bogus agents claiming to be representing the national team approached the Sudanese embassy for visas.
The group told the embassy that they were consultants for the Zimbabwe team.
“We have information that some people claiming to represent Warriors tried to secure visas. Some of these people were suspended by ZIFA and we strongly believe they could be part of the betting syndicates. We are now on high alert and we informed the team in Sudan to be on the lookout for betting syndicates,” Mashingaidze said.
The Zimbabwe Warriors have over the last four years become cannon fodder for the Asian betting syndicates. The senior national has for the last four years has been travelling to Asia where they were paid to throw away matches. Zimbabwe has been pooled in Group B which has been targeted by betting syndicates from Asia who can pay good bribes to poorly paid African players. The Warriors will play Ghana in their next match in Madan on February 9, before taking on improved Bafana Bafana of South Africa on February 11 in Hilal.