Henrietta Rushwaya fingered in match-fixing allegations as Nation Dube falls by the wayside

TALKING TOUGH . . . ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa (left) addresses the media in the company of his vice-president, Omega Sibanda, in Harare yesterday

TALKING TOUGH . . . ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa (left) addresses the media in the company of his vice-president, Omega Sibanda, in Harare yesterday

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ZIFA have named their former chief executive, Henrietta Rushwaya, as part of a syndicate they claim has been involved in match-fixing in the past six years while the football controlling body have axed Nation Dube from his post as Warriors’ assistant coach.

Dube, the Hwange coach, has been fingered by ZIFA as being part of the match-fixing cartel, run from South Africa by a shadowy figure named yesterday only as “Chief”, whom the association claims is the brother of serial match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal of Singapore.

ZIFA have already suspended one of the board members, Edzai Kasinauyo, claiming that he is part of the rot while former Warriors’ coach, Ian Gorowa, has also been implicated in the scandal.

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Philip Chiyangwa, the ZIFA president, told a media conference in Harare yesterday that the cartel was set to try and fix the Warriors’ upcoming 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers against Swaziland, on Easter weekend, and also move in to try and manipulate matches in the domestic Premiership.

Chiyangwa said their “chief witness”, a whistleblower who had turned against the cartel, arrived in Harare yesterday with loads of information that implicate those who have been fingered in the unfolding scandal.

SUSPENDED . . . Board member Edzai Kasinauyo

SUSPENDED . . . Board member Edzai Kasinauyo

The Harare businessman dismissed reports that Warriors’ talisman, Khama Billiat, was one of the players implicated but said the cartel had penetrated the South African Premiership and was allegedly fixing matches in Super Diski.

Sports and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane said Government was concerned about the latest reports and would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the culprits were brought to book.

“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and the Ministry of Sport and Recreation, and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to inform the nation that as indicated in the various media, it has come to our attention that there have been serious allegations of underhand dealings within the game of football in Zimbabwe,” said Hlongwane.

“It is alleged that the underhand dealings involve a multinational syndicate.

“Government categorically deplores this disturbing development in the game of football as it has an unsalutary impact on the whole sport sector in Zimbabwe and has the potential to sully the image of Brand Zimbabwe at home and abroad.

“It is indeed disheartening to learn that this intricate web of deceit has been in existence for quite some time, and it implicates some of those people we had invested our trust to administer the popular game of football.


“In this regard, I can assure the whole nation that Government, in tandem with its policy of zero tolerance to corruption and unsportsmanlike conduct, will play its part in expediting the resolution of this matter. Indeed, no stone will be left unturned.”

The Confederation of African Football yesterday said allegations were of a “serious” nature and had activated mechanisms to ensure that the integrity of the game, including the matches between Zimbabwe and Swaziland, would not be compromised.

“The facts reported are very serious and CAF has noted the precautionary measure taken by the Zimbabwe Football Association, whilst opening a serene investigation into the case in respect of the rule of law.

“We reaffirm the commitment of the CAF president 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 come to affect the course of any match, be it in the context of the AFCON 2017 qualifiers, or any other future competition,” said CAF who also requested for more information and evidence.

Chiyangwa said they had put in place mechanisms to deal with the latest case and said the association has gathered enough material to nail the suspects and they were still working on more evidence to beef up their case.

A decision is expected to be taken at the association’s congress at the end of this month and thereafter the police could be called in to bring the perpetrators to book.


Henrietta Rushwaya

According to evidence gathered so far, Chiyangwa said match fixing has been going on for a while despite the negative light the country had received because of the Asiagate scandal a few years ago.

Chiyangwa said it was disturbing that the alleged match fixers were now targeting the Warriors and wanted them to lose the two matches against Swaziland and revealed that he deliberately blocked coach Callisto Pasuwa from naming his squad this week to trap the suspects.

“Any player who received cash from Nation Dube in Rwanda, that player will not be in the team. That will be the end of his career,” said Chiyangwa.

“Even those who are based in South Africa, if they get implicated, I will write to their teams in South Africa and SAFA to bring them back home.

“This one will nail them. This one is bad news. It’s not about Zimbabwe only, these guys had plotted to destroy other leagues even outside our borders.

“That’s where I have a problem with anybody who has been doing this because they were determined to destroy the football that we all had been enjoying peacefully.


“Where there is peace there must also be fairness but in this case there was no fairness. They wanted to destroy that and that’s why I want to deal with them ruthlessly. They cannot do this.

“I am new in this office and I had forgiven people who had done what they did previously but to start it again while I am in office, I can’t just fold my hands.

“Everyone who has been associated or involved, in fact what FIFA says about match-fixing, even any official who knew this was happening when these people were plotting and planning and did not inform me will go home.”

The ZIFA president said it was worrying the match-fixing syndicate had also targeted some matches outside the country’s borders as it also emerged that FIFA were investigating some match-fixing allegations in South Africa.

“It’s sad because what I am hearing from the guys (working on the evidence) is bad news. These guys are determined.

“They have saturated the South African league with match-fixing and they were now coming here when our league starts.

“For your own information, our league was delayed purposely because we were aware of this. So I wanted to deal with these people decisively.

“I want to hit them here and then follow them to South Africa to make sure that they are brought to book. We can’t have such in football,” said Chiyangwa.

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  • Ambivalence

    Henrietta Rushwaya “fingered”? Oh dear, The Herald, your paper should not be sold to children or minors under 16.

    • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

      Hihihihihihihihihihihihi mbabvu dzangu kani

    • G Tichatonga

      To clean minded people the word used is appropriate…I pity you.

  • http://sn.wikipedia.org Tinovaziva

    Not this crap again? Look at Chiyangwa the pot calling Rushwaya the kettle black

    • Widzo

      For once appreciate what he is doing for the game of football. If he took your farm or fired you from one of his many companies then thats not the right platorm to vent your anger. Viva Chiyangwa…for the good of our soccer!

  • MSJW

    Good work. what about the DUBE PSL issue, will you move on that.

  • Farai

    Match fixing is a cancer, so everyone says. But do you really know what cancer does guys? Cancer does not casually “go away”! It is determined, by any and all means, to ravish its host to death. Match fixing, like performance improving drugs (PIDs I call them!) is the in thing. I have heard through the grapevine that these FIXERS were already active in Kenya and Tanzania, so there you go. President Phillips’s bravado and interesting sound bites are great, but the reality is that match fixers work off a golden platform, giving accessing to easy gold to whomsoever would work with them. Think of it guys, all a keeper has to do is let in a “normal” goal and he could be sitting on $5000 or $10,000 of real money! Just for that single unsuspect act of ” being scored”! I am sorry fellow Zimbabwean cdes, match fixing is here to stay till the Christ comes back to takeover the evil world. Match fixing here to stay, like prostitution, like PIDs, like the evil evil demonic cancer. God help us all!

  • Mangwende we Chinhoyi

    What is basically involved in such match fixing activities? Can someone shed more details.

    • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

      You lose the game by a specific goal margin – or you concede a goal within a specific time period – in some cases you lose to a team that everyone expects you to beat etc. etc. The fixers then make their money through betting e.g. Everyone expects Zimbabwe to beat Swaziland and will place their bets against Swaziland. However the fixers fix the match to make Zimbabwe lose and they then bet against Zimbabwe. Because everyone else betted against Swaziland the fixers will be the only winners therefore they rip big – more like one person winning a Lotto stake of $300 000 instead of 5 people winning and sharing same.

    • Widzo

      The only detail i can furnish with you is that if you dont know what is match fixing then do not comment on this section

    • Chikomana

      henirriata akatsiviwa najonathani saka she is the only challenge in the mind of mashingaidze Zvakaoma hazvooo.Tosvikepi tichidaii ZIFA mabasa LEO Mugabe ngadzoke hake Dream team days

    • N. Sithole

      Read stories about Asiagate if you want to get a full picture of what match fixing entails. I don’t see anyone in this forum taking the trouble to enlighten you about something that is supposed to be common knowledge.

  • Hacha Duke of Enkeldoorn

    Spot on Fidza – how dare these thieves steal without your knowledge.

  • N. Sithole

    Chiyangwa should be the last person to cry foul. Cuthberth Dube and Ndumiso Gumede were subjected to derision and vilification for daring to nip match fixing in the bud. Chiyangwa rose to his post on the back of this vilification. Kusasa kuyizolo madoda.

  • B mak

    If we are not careful we will send a weak team just because key players are implicated then at the end after swaziland beats us tozoona most vari innocent. these betting moguls could be playing us the other way round…. tread carefully there needs to be substantive proof implicating a player before they are sanctioned not just because their name is mentioned by someone

  • B mak

    If we are not careful we will send a weak team just because key players are implicated then at the end after swaziland beats us tozoona most vari innocent. these betting moguls could be playing us the other way round…. tread carefully there needs to be substantive proof implicating a player before they are sanctioned not just because their name is mentioned by someone

  • kutototo

    Chiyangwa fingers Rushwaya.

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  • H Rushwaya

    rushwaya fingered kkkkkkkk…..havangarege kutengesa magame vachifingwer ka…..anyway Blah Fidza itai zvinorova pa ( I mean dzingai vanhu or sungisai vanhu ….kwete fingering !!!)