ZIFA suspends Kasinauyo over match fixing

The Zimbabwean Football Association has suspended Edzai Kasinauyo after he was accused of match fixing.

Kasinauyo, who is responsible for technical affairs, was suspended following accusations of trying to fix the result of the Zimbabwe and Swaziland 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier in Mbabane on March 25.
It is reported that the ex-Moroka Swallows, Ajax Cape Town and Warriors player has been in contact with a syndicate in Asia in a bid to fix the result of that match, presumably for Zimbabwe to lose the encounter.

Kasinauyo, who was elected as an executive committee member in December last year, said he is shocked as he had not been invited for yesterday’s meeting or been informed of the allegations.

“I am just as shocked as everyone else as to where this is coming from,”
said Kasinauyo.

“I have not made any contact with anyone in Asia about the match and, to make matters worse, I have learnt of these allegations from people that have read the statement.

“I was not told about today’s (yesterday’s) meeting and I was not informed about the allegations. I am trying to contact other board members to find out what’s going on.”

On the other hand, a statement from the country’s football governing body reveals that he is suspended and investigations are currently going on.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association executive committee would like to inform the football fraternity, and the nation at large, that following its meeting held in Harare today (yesterday), it has provisionally suspended executive committee member, Edzai Kasinauyo,” reads the statement.

“The suspension has been occasioned by allegations of match-fixing ahead of the 2017 Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match between Zimbabwe and Swaziland.

“Kasinauyo has been fingered in the match-fixing scam and investigations are going on. ZIFA President, Phillip Chiyangwa will issue a statement after consultations with COSAFA, CAF, FIFA and the government of Zimbabwe.”


Aisha JM