ZIM are not jumping to conclusions although some of their soccer players are implicated in match-fixing in SA.
SA based Zim players University of Pretoria’s goalkeeper Washington Arubi and defender Patson Jaure, and Polokwane’s keeper George Chigova have been implicated in the scandal.
Players that are part of Zimbabwe’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying squad have been implicated in the investigation currently underway in South Africa.
Zimbabwe’s Warriors assistant coach, Soul Chaminuka, says he is yet to confront his charges over the allegations.
“I had the option to phone Patson Jaure to set the record straight after the stories that appeared in the newspapers, but I have not done that because I believe the whole issue deserves a face-to-face talk,” says Chaminuka.
Zim’s SA-based players called up for the top-of-the table tie against Swaziland include Khama Billiart and Cuthert Malajila (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Orlando Pirates’ man of the moment Tendai Ndoro, Kaizer Chiefs anchorman Willard Katsande, Onismor Bhasera (Bidvest Wits), Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows) and Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United).
Log-leaders Swaziland and second-placed Zim, both on four points, seek maximum points to increase their chances of qualifying for the Afcon tournament set for Gabon.
The upcoming match has not been spared allegations of match-fixing with Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) suspending Executive Committee member responsible for technical affairs, Edzai Kasinauyo, for allegedly trying to fix the result of the encounter.
Kasinauyo once played in SA for Ajax Cape Town, Moroka Swallows and the now-defunct Cape Town Spurs and Hellenic. – ANA edited by Patience Rusere