Punish Officers Involved In Zim Match Fixing – FIFA

The match fixing scandal allegedly perpetrated by top Zifa officials, players, officials even journalists from the government controlled media has exploded into an international scandal after a report conducted by Zifa revealed that those involved received thousands of dollars.

The probe unearthed shocking revelations that the players, officials and journalists received huge sums of money to lose matches from Asian betting syndicates last year.

Radio VOP understands that Fifa have communicated to Zifa asking them to severely punish those who were involved in throwing away the controversial matches most of which were not sanctioned by authorities in Zimbabwe. This means the officials and players involved will face lengthy or life bans.

According to the report, suspended Zifa chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya together with suspended programmes officer Jonathan Musavengana were at the centre of the betting scam with allegations emerging that the Zimbabweans were paid to lose 3-0 to Thailand and 6-0 to Syria.

Zimbabwe captain, Method Mwanjali, who led the team during the controversial trips, confirmed to investigators that Musavengana and a member of the betting syndicate even sat on the bench dishing out instructions for the national team to lose by agreed scorelines.

At one time the players are said to have feared for the lives after they refused to follow instructions from the betting syndicates.

The probe has also implicated former coaches Sunday Chidzambwa, Emmanuel Nyahuma and Joey Antipas among others.

Zifa is also considering reporting the matter to the police.