Match Fix Probe Delay Worries Sports Commission

The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), an arm of the government has expressed impatience with the delay amid allegations that some top Zifa officials are frustrating investigations.

After the allegations were thrown into the public last month, the new Zifa board led by Cuthbert Dube appointed a three member board headed by Vice-president Ndumiso Gumede to probe the scam which was allegedly orchestrated by members of Asian betting syndicates.

The other members of the investigating committee are board member in charge of competitions Benedict Moyo and Methembe Ndlovu, the board member for development.

Allegations are that some players, coaches and Zifa officials were paid huge sums of money to throw away matches.

At some of the matches, the Warriors would travel without the permission of the Sport Commission as is the norm.

Reports say that goalkeepers would play as strikers while infield players would play in goal in all matches they were supposed to lose on the instructions of the betting syndicates.

The probe team was supposed to hand over their report to the Sports Commission by July 8.

Radio VOP understands that the Sports Commission has written to Zifa demanding the release of the report.

Sports Commission director general Charles Nhemachena is said to have impressed upon Zifa to quicken their investigations.

It is understood that the investigating team has so far quizzed former Zifa president Wellington Nyatanga and former vice president Tendai Madzorera who was the Zifa board member in charge of all national teams during the time of the scam.

Zifa chief executive officer, Henrietta Rushwaya, suspended Zifa programmes manager Jonathan Musavengana and Warriors and CAPS United goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda were also questioned by the team.

Former national team coach Sunday Marimo was also questioned.