By Duncan Mlanjira
Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has suspended its executive committee member Edzai Kasinauyo on allegation of trying to fix the Warriors’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland.
Zimbabwe and Swaziland are in the same 2017 Nations Cup qualifying group together with Malawi and Guinea.
Swaziland and Zimbabwe both have four points with Swaziland leading on goal difference while `Malawi and Guinea share one point.
It is not yet established if Kasinauyo was being enticed to give the game in the favour of Swaziland but Zifa says investigations are still on.
“Mr. Kasinauyo has been fingered in the match fixing scam and investigations are going on,” was all Zifa could say.
In a statement on its website, Confederation of African Football (Caf) acknowledged receipt of Zifa’s decision to suspend Kasinauyo pending investigations.
Caf said it had received affidavits, emails, audio recordings which may be related to the business to manipulate the results of the Nations Cup qualifying matches against Swaziland.
“The facts reported are very serious and Caf has noted the precautionary measure taken by the Zimbabwe Football Assiciation, whilst opening a serene investigation into the case in respect of the law,” Caf secretary general Hicham El Amrani said in a statement.
“We reaffirm the commitment of the Caf president [Issa Hayatou] and the executive committee to eliminate any threat that will influence the integrity of the game on the continent, either through match fixing or illegal betting.
“We will, immediately, in consultation with Fifa, investigate and activate the mechanisms necessary to ensure that similar actions will not affect the course of any match, be it in the context of the Afcon 2017 or any other future competitions,” the statement said.